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Sun Dec 1, 2019, 06:07 PM

Mariss Yansons has died.



Conductor Mariss Jansons Dies at 76; Led Top Orchestras

FRANKFURT, Germany — Mariss Jansons, conductor of top classical ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, has died in Russia. He was 76.

Jansons’ death in St. Petersburg was confirmed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he was chief conductor. Jansons had canceled concerts this summer because of health reasons, the dpa news agency reported.

Born in German-occupied Riga in 1943 in what is now independent Latvia as the son of a conductor father and an opera singer mother, Jansons grew up in the Soviet Union and studied at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory. A Soviet-era exchange program brought him to Austria in 1969, where he studied with famed conductor Herbert von Karajan. Jansons’ work was also influenced by the legendary Soviet conductor Evgeny Mravinsky, who brought him in as his assistant at the Leningrad Philharmonic in 1972.

He was chief conductor in Pittsburgh from 1997 to 2004, regularly appeared at the Salzburg Festival, and in 2006 and 2012 conducted the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert broadcast around the world. He left the Pittsburgh orchestra to become principal conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw, a post he held until 2015. Jansons is credited with raising the reputation of the Oslo Philharmonic through recordings and international tours during a 23-year tenure as music director.

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/12/01/world/europe/ap-eu-latvia-obit-mariss-jansons.html

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Sun Dec 1, 2019, 06:30 PM

1. I saw him once live

in Amsterdam. He was very much liked in the Netherlands.

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Sun Dec 1, 2019, 06:39 PM

2. Yes, a very sad day.


I never played under him, but I have several friends who have, including former and present friends in Oslo, Amsterdam, Munich and London.

One of the great ones- love his Mahler, Strauss and Shostakovich...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=368&v=6MCggJhtLjI&feature=emb_logo

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Sun Dec 1, 2019, 06:58 PM

3. Sad indeed...........

Did a fine job at the helm of the Pittsburgh and toured with them.

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