Walter Susskind

Biography

Born: May 1, 1913; Prague, Czech Republic   Died: March 25, 1980; Berkeley, CA  
This famed conductor, born Jan Süsskind, studied composition with Josef Suk and Alois Hába, and piano with Karel Hoffmeister at the Prague State Conservatory. His training in conducting was undertaken with Szell at the German Academy of Music.

In 1931, he premiered a composition and appeared in concert as a pianist at the Prague Mozarteum. His conducting debut was made in 1934 with a production of La traviata at the German Opera, where he
Read more had been serving as an assistant to Szell. He composed his Four Songs for Voice and String Quartet in 1935 and continued his piano activity with the Czech Trio from 1933 until the German occupation in 1938. The trio then escaped to London and remained together until 1942.

Süsskind re-activated his conducting as music director of the Carl Rosa Opera Company (1943 - 1945) and made his orchestral debut conducting the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (1945). After becoming a British citizen in 1946, he went to Glasgow to serve as music director for the Scottish Orchestra (later the Scottish National Orchestra).

In 1953, Süsskind moved to Australia to direct the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in Melbourne until 1955. During that period, he made tours of America and the Far East. Then, moving again, he directed the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 1956 to 1965, giving the Canadian premieres of Bruckner and Mahler symphonies, and founded the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 1958. Meanwhile, he was music director for the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado (1962 - 1968) and later, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (1968 - 1975), which Süsskind built into a major institution, and the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, IL (1969 - 1975). From 1968 through 1975, Süsskind taught at the University of Southern Illinois. His conducting students included Leonard Slatkin and Gerhardt Zimmermann. His compositions at this time included Nine Slovak Sketches for Orchestra and a Passacaglia for Timpani and Chamber Orchestra (1977).

As guest conductor, Süsskind led major orchestras in Europe, the U.K., and North America. He was the music advisor and principal guest conductor of the Cincinnati Orchestra from 1978 until his passing in 1980.

Süsskind's discography contains more than 55 albums and performances with some of the most noted performers of the twentieth century: Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubenstein, Glenn Gould, Dennis Brain, Pierre Fournier, Joan Hammond, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Kirsten Flagstad, Lili Krauss, Szymon Goldberg, Yehudi Menuhin, Artur Schnabel, Leonard Pennario, Shura Cherkassky, Neveu, Tito Gobbi, Victoria de Los Angeles, and many others. Read less

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Biography

Born: May 1, 1913; Prague, Czech Republic   Died: March 25, 1980; Berkeley, CA  
This famed conductor, born Jan Süsskind, studied composition with Josef Suk and Alois Hába, and piano with Karel Hoffmeister at the Prague State Conservatory. His training in conducting was undertaken with Szell at the German Academy of Music.

In 1931, he premiered a composition and appeared in concert as a pianist at the Prague Mozarteum. His conducting debut was made in 1934 with a production of La traviata at the German Opera, where he
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 24 in C minor, K.491: I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. {Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: Andante grazioso
Dances of Galánta: Lento
Dances of Galánta: Allegretto moderato
Dances of Galánta: Allegro con moto, grazioso
Dances of Galánta: Allegro
Dances of Galánta: Allegro vivace
Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26: Second movement: Adagio (opening)
Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26: Second movement: Adagio (opening)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1959 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1959 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1959 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro energico
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491 (2008 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro - Cadenza (by Saint-Saëns) - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491 (2008 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491 (2008 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.58 (1995 - Remaster): I. Andante - Poco meno mosso (Andante assai) - Adagio
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.58 (1995 - Remaster): II. Allegro giusto
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.58 (1995 - Remaster): III. Tema: Allegro - Interludio: L'Istesso tempo - Variations I-III - Interludio II: Tempo I: - Variation IV - Reminiscenza: Meno mosso - Coda: Poco piů sostenuto - Piů mosso
I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor Op. 47 (2005 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor Op. 47 (2005 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio di molto
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor Op. 47 (2005 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro ma non tanto
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro ma non tanto
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Intermezzo (Adagio)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Finale (Alla breve)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1959 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1959 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1959 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro energico
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. {Allegretto


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