Dimitri Mitropoulos

Biography

Born: March 1, 1896; Athens, Greece   Died: November 2, 1960; Milan, Italy  
Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos stood apart from the European traditions that dominated first-rank American orchestras for much of the twentieth century. After attending the Athens Conservatory, where he studied piano and composition, his opera Béatrice was presented there. The French composer Saint-Saëns was in the audience, and was so impressed that he arranged a scholarship that enabled the 24-year-old to study composition with the Belgian Read more composer Paul Gilson and piano with Busoni in Berlin. Busoni persuaded him to abandon composition and concentrate on becoming a conductor.

From 1921 to 1925, Mitropoulos assisted Erich Kleiber at the Berlin State Opera and on Kleiber's recommendation, was appointed conductor of the Hellenic Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in Athens. In 1927, he became conductor of the Greek State Symphony Orchestra and in 1930 was engaged to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he instituted the practice of conducting from the piano.

In 1937 Mitropoulos succeeded Eugene Ormandy as musical director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1937. He became a U.S. citizen in 1946, and remained in America until 1959. After 12 years in Minneapolis, he was invited to share the conductorship of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with Stokowski, becoming its conductor when Stokowski resigned in 1950. Mitropoulos resigned the post after sharing the podium with Leonard Bernstein, his co-principal conductor, in the Orchestra's 1958 tour of Latin America. From 1954, he was a dynamic force as Bruno Walter's successor at New York's Metropolitan Opera, where he introduced many new operas, including ones by Richard Strauss and Samuel Barber.

Mitropoulos never conducted his own works, but considered his best composition to be a Concerto Grosso written in 1929. His lived simply and took little part in social activities. His conducting style was passionate, highly-charged and demonstrative; he had a phenomenal memory and rarely used a baton. The American composer and music critic Virgil Thomson once described him as "oversensitive, overweening, over brutal, over intelligent, underconfident and wholly without ease....His personal excitement borders on hysteria and he distorted music with nervous passion." Whether or not this judgement was true, or fair, he programmed much modern music and particularly admired Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, such as Webern and Berg, as well as twentieth century American and British composers. His recording of Mahler's First Symphony made with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1941 was the first ever made in the U.S. of that work, and Mitropoulos was awarded the American Mahler Medal of Honor in 1950 for his work in promoting the composer's music. He died while rehearsing Mahler's Third Symphony with Toscanini's famous La Scala Orchestra. Read less
Strauss: Elektra / Mitropoulos, Borkh, Della Casa, Et Al
Release Date: 03/23/1999   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1190   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: Ernani / Mitropoulos, Christoff, Del Monaco, Et Al
Release Date: 10/16/2001   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1287   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: March 1, 1896; Athens, Greece   Died: November 2, 1960; Milan, Italy  
Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos stood apart from the European traditions that dominated first-rank American orchestras for much of the twentieth century. After attending the Athens Conservatory, where he studied piano and composition, his opera Béatrice was presented there. The French composer Saint-Saëns was in the audience, and was so impressed that he arranged a scholarship that enabled the 24-year-old to study composition with the Belgian Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco mosso
III. Rondo: Allegro
Requiem et Kyrie
Dies irae
Quid sum miser
Rex tremendae
Quaerens me
Lacrimosa
Offertoire
Hostias
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Andante: Scherzo
II. Allegro: Adagio
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro
II. The Firebird and its Dance
II. The Firebird and its Dance
III. Variation of the Firebird
III. Variation of the Firebird
IV. Round dance of the Princesses
IV. Round dance of the Princesses
V. Infernal Dance of King Kashchei
V. Infernal Dance of King Kashchei
VI. Lullaby
VII. Finale
Nacht (Night) -
Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise) -
Der Anstieg (The Ascent) -
Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood) -
Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall) -
Erscheinung (Apparition) -
Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows) -
Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture) -
Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth) -
Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier) -
Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments) - Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit)
Vision
Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise) -
Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise) -
Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens) -
Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens) -
Elegie
Elegie
Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm before the Storm) -
Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm before the Storm) -
Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent) -
Sonnenuntergang (Sunset) -
Ausklang (Final Sounds) -
Nacht (Night)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Quasi andante
III. Allegro impetuoso
II. Tema con variazioni
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzando: Allegro molto
III. Andante
IV. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro non troppo - Cadenza - Tempo I
II. Adagio
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco piu presto
I. Nocturne. Adagio
II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo
III. Passacaglia. Andante
IV. Burlesca. Allegro con brio
Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai -
Allegro moderato -
Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro -
Allegro animato
Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic' (2003 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo
Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic' (2003 Digital Remaster): II. Scherzo (Wuchtig)
Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic' (2003 Digital Remaster): III. Andante
Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic' (2003 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Allegro moderato)
La Mer Trois esquisses symphoniques (2003 Digital Remaster): I - De l'aube à midi sur la mer
La Mer Trois esquisses symphoniques (2003 Digital Remaster): II - Jeux de vagues
La Mer Trois esquisses symphoniques (2003 Digital Remaster): III - Dialogue du vent et de la mer
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo: Vivace
Ernani: Introduction
Ernani: Act I, "Evvia!... beviamo!"
Ernani: Act I, "Mercé, diletti amici... Come rugiada al cespite"
Ernani: Act I, "Si raspica"
Ernani: Act I, "Surta è la notte"
Ernani: Act I, "Ernani!... Ernani, involami"
Ernani: Act I, "Tutto sprezzo che d'Ernani"
Ernani: Act I, "Qui mi trasse amor possente"
Ernani: Act I, "Da quel dì che t'ho veduta"
Ernani: Act I, "Tu se' Ernani!"
Ernani: Act I, "Che mai vegg'io!... Infelice!... e tuo credevi"
Ernani: Act I, "Vedi come il buon vegliardo"
Ernani: Act II, "Esultiamo!... Letizia ne innondi"
Ernani: Act II, "Oro, quant'oro ogni avido"
Ernani: Act II, "Ah, morir potessi adesso!"
Ernani: Act II, "Cugino, a che munito"
Ernani: Act II, "Lo vedremo, veglio audace"
Ernani: Act II, "Vieni meco, sol di rose"
Ernani: Act II, "Vigili pure il ciel sempre su te"
Ernani: Act III, Introduction, "È questo il loco?"
Ernani: Act III, "Gran Dio!"
Ernani: Act III, "Oh de' verd'anni miei"
Ernani: Act III, "Si ridesti il Leon di Castiglia"
Ernani: Act III, "Oh sommo Carlo"
Ernani: Act IV, "Oh come felici gioiscon gli sposi"
Ernani: Act IV, "Ferma, crudele, estinguere"
Concerto No. 1, Op. 23, B-flat Major: Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso
Andante simplice
Allegro con fuoco
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo
I. Allegro molto appassionato -
II. Andante -
III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
I. Langsam, schleppend
II. Kraftig bewegt
III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
IV. Sturmisch bewegt
I. Nocturne. Adagio
II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo
III. Passacaglia. Andante
IV. Burlesca. Allegro con brio
Concerto No. 1 In D Major, Op. 19: I. Andantino
II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
III. Moderato


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