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Walter Susskind


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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    Dvorak Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95100 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Zara Nelsova,  Marián Lapsansky  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Theodore Kuchar,  Walter Susskind,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Romantic Cello
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94934 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Zara Nelsova,  Julius Berger,  Timora Rosler,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Florian Merz,  Dwight Bennett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  South Westphalia Philharmonic,  Zilina State Chamber Orchestra
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    Janos Starker - The Warner Legacy
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634125 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini,  Gabriel Fauré,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  János Starker,  Gyorgy Sebok
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    The Complete Parlophone, Ducretet-thomson & Discophiles Francais Recordings, 1933-1958
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 624223 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 31
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Lili Kraus,  Francois Etienne,  Pierre Pasquier,  Etienne Pasquier  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Willi Boskovsky,  Walter Goehr
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    Dvorak: Complete Concertos / Susskind, Ricci, Nelsova, Firkusny
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94938 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Zara Nelsova
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind
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    Dennis Brain Plays Mozart
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7069 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dennis Brain
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Karl Haas,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque Ensemble
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    Icon: Witold Malcuzynski - The Polish Master Pianist
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 924428 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Witold Malcuzynski
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Paul Kletzki,  Fritz Rieger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Radio Orchestra
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    Moura Lympany - The Hmv Recordings, 1947-1952
    Label: Apr   Catalog: 6011 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert Menges,  Walter Susskind
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    Modest Prima Donna
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1232 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alfredo Catalani,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Giannella Borelli,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Giuseppe Morelli,  Walter Susskind  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Paris Opera Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Fantasias, Piano Concerto No 24 / Glenn Gould
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 541359 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Glenn Gould
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C. B. C. Symphony Orchestra
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    Szymon Goldberg Vol 2 - Commercial Recordings 1932-1951
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1225 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Szymon Goldberg,  Gerald Moore,  Anthony Pini,  Lili Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Alois Melichar,  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members  ... 
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    Harriet Cohen - Complete Solo Studio Recordings
    Label: Apr   Catalog: 7304 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Hubert Bath,  Arnold Bax  ... 
    Performer:  Harriet Cohen
    Conductor:  Sir Henry Wood,  Walter Susskind,  Hubert Bath,  Muir Mathieson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Lili Kraus Plays Mozart
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9811 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lili Kraus,  Szymon Goldberg,  Eileen Joyce
    Conductor:  Walter Goehr,  Walter Susskind,  Clarence Raybould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestra
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    Celibidache  Vol  3 - French & Russian Music / Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85606 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Peter Sadlo,  János Starker,  Eric Le Sage,  Emmanuel Pahud  ... 
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache,  Leonard Bernstein,  Walter Susskind,  John Alldis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The 50 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Finghin Collins,  Roland Pöntinen,  Emmy Berhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Volke Schmidt-Gertenbach,  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet,  Camerata Antonio Lucio,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Nathan Milstein
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94797 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Leon Pommers,  Artur Balsam
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  William Steinberg,  Walter Susskind,  Leon Barzin
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    Viennese Night at the BBC Proms
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5026 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Franz von Suppé
    Performer:  Sheila Armstrong
    Conductor:  James Loughran,  Walter Susskind,  Janos Fürst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Northern Symphony
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    The Heifetz Collection Vol 7 - 1949-1951
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61738 Release Date: 05/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Benno Moiseiwitsch
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Icon - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Perfect Prima Donna
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18459 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  J. Edward Merret,  Harold Jackson,  Geraint Jones,  Manoug Parikian  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Gellhorn,  Otto Klemperer,  Thurston Dart,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Artistry Of Dennis Brain
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1363 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Paul Dukas,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Leopold Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Gerald Moore,  Alfred Cursue,  Edmund Chapman  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Haas,  J.A. Westrup,  Norman Del Mar,  Walter Susskind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque Ensemble,  Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble
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    Rudolf Schock Vol 1 - Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10312 Release Date: 11/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Rudolf Schock,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Erna Berger,  Leonie Rysanek  ... 
    Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen,  Arthur Rother,  Walter Susskind,  Wilhelm Schüchter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 317 Release Date: 11/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Matton,  William McCauley,  Clermont Pepin
    Performer:  Renée Morrisset,  Victor Bouchard,  Robert Aitken
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  William McCauley,  Alexander Brott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    50 Best Relaxing Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57547 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kalafusz,  Stephen Farr,  Han-Na Chang,  Jacqueline Du Pré  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Hill,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Wind and Brass Ensemble
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    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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