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In terms of his musical apprenticeship, at 20 Carl Schuricht obtained the post of Korrepetitor at the Stadttheater in Mainz and two years later won the Kuczynski Foundation prize for composition and a Franz von Mendelssohn scholarship. He then returned to Berlin to study piano under Ernst Rudorff and composition with Engelbert Humperdinck, later working under Max Reger in Leipzig, publishing chamber pieces, sonatas and lieder. Attracted by the profession of conductor he undertook tours in Germany conducting operettas, operas, choral societies and symphony concerts. In 1906 he heard Delius's Sea Drift in Essen with the composer present, and promised to Delius that when he had his own orchestra he would conduct it himself, which he did in
Frankfurt with Delius again in the audience. In 1909 he succeded Siegfried Ochs as director of the Rühlscher Oratorienverein in Frankfurt-am-Mein and at 31 was appointed musical director of the municipal orchestra in Wiesbaden; festivals of modern music (Strauss, Reger, Mahler, Delius and Schoenberg) made Wiesbaden an internationally-renowned centre for music. His career was not that of a star but he was loved both by the orchestra members and audience. As music director at Wiesbaden (1923-1944) he conducted performances of Mahler's symphonies, although they were not as popular at the time as they are now. During the late 40s and 50s Carl Schuricht conducted throughout Switzerland, at the re-opening of the Salzburg Festival in 1946, in Paris, and at the festivals of Holland, Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Montreux.He regularly conducted the South German Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1950 to 1966. He was the main conductor when the Vienna Philharmonic made their first US tour in 1956. Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 04/15/1957
Length: 35 Minutes 9 Secs.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Written: 1884-1885; Austria
Date of Recording: 08/07/1958
Length: 40 Minutes 5 Secs.
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