Josef Krips

Biography

Born: April 8, 1902; Vienna, Austria   Died: October 13, 1974; Geneva, Switzerland  
Josef Krips was one of the busiest of Austrian-born conductors after World War II, an unexpected benefit to his having been forced out of his native country following its annexation by Germany. He had a major performing and recording career on two continents, in orchestral and operatic music.

Josef Krips studied at the Vienna Academy with Felix Weingartner (later permanent conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic) and then served as
Read more Weingartner's assistant at the Vienna Volksoper from 1921 until 1924. He headed orchestras in various cities, and in 1933 was appointed resident conductor at the Vienna State Opera and to a professorship at the Vienna Academy. Krips held both posts for three years, until the German annexation in March 1938, when he was forced to leave the country. He emigrated to Yugoslavia and spent a year with the Belgrade Opera and the Belgrade Philharmonic, before the onset of the war forced Krips to halt his work in music.

Following the Allied victory in 1945, Krips returned to Vienna, conducting the State Opera upon its reopening, as well as the Vienna Philharmonic, and the reopened Salzburg Festival in 1946 with a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Krips was suddenly one of the busiest conductors in Austria, and one of the most welcomed, as his colleagues who had worked under the Nazi regime weren't all cleared for resumed public performances until 1947. He also took the State Opera and the Philharmonic on their first tours after World War II. Krips spent four years (1950 - 1954) as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and accepted his first American appointment in 1954 as principal conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. In 1963, the year of his debut at London's Covent Garden conducting Don Giovanni, he became the principal conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, a post he held until 1970. Krips made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1966, and became a conductor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1970.

Krips' visibility in the postwar music world made him one of the most familiar of all European conductors, both in Europe and America. His recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra for the low-priced Everest Records line was a perennially popular set among music students and casual listeners buying their first Beethoven material -- these performances were appreciated anew in the 1990s on compact disc as remastered by Omega Records. Additionally, he made several superb opera recordings for major labels, including a Don Giovanni for London, and a version of Mozart's The Abduction From the Seraglio, with Anneleise Rothenberger, Lucia Popp, Gottlob Frick, and Krips' beloved Vienna Philharmonic for EMI, that remains one of the most charming and beguiling accounts of this opera. Read less
Beethoven: Symphony No 4; Schubert: Symphony No 9 / Krips
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002005102   Number of Discs: 1
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Haydn: Symphonies 92, 94, 104 & 99; Schubert: Symphony No 6 / Krips
Release Date: 06/03/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002069702   Number of Discs: 2
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    Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 4; Schumann: Symphonies 1 & 4 / Krips
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002083402 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Haydn: Symphonies 92, 94, 104 & 99; Schubert: Symphony No 6 / Krips
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002069702 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 4; Schubert: Symphony No 9 / Krips
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002005102 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Wilhelm Kempff - The Concerto Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001822502 Release Date: 04/16/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner,  Paul Van Kempen,  Bernhard Klee,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Clifford Curzon Edition - Complete Recordings [23 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728400 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Irmgard Seefried,  Horst Günther,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  George Szell,  Benjamin Britten,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Voices Of German Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40497 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Heinrich Marschner  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Edda Moser,  Kurt Moll,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Berislav Klobucar,  Rudolf Moralt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Arthur Rubinstein Plays Brahms
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7760992 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Henryk Szeryng,  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Pierre Fournier  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Guarneri String Quartet members
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10131 Release Date: 05/25/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Dinu Lipatti,  Walter Gieseking  ... 
    Conductor:  Piero Coppola,  Leonard Bernstein,  Henry Adolph,  Josef Krips  ... 
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  • 11.
    Wagner: Rienzi / Svanholm, Christiansen, Krips
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9084 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Anne Lund Christiansen,  Set Svanholm,  Paul Schöffler  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Krips Conducts Schubert - The 1940s Decca
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9810 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Verdi: La Traviata / Krips, Cotrubas, Gedda, Gruberova, MacNeil, Loose, Vienna State Opera Orchestra
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 816112 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Cornell MacNeil,  Nicolai Gedda,  Emmy Loose,  Ileana Cotrubas  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 828262 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  David Munrow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 828662 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Gudrun Jahn,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Gyorgy Fischer,  Kirk Trevor,  Louis Langrée,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Paris National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Best Choruses 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80416 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  David Munrow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Best Soprano Arias 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80442 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Gudrun Jahn,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Gyorgy Fischer,  Kirk Trevor,  Louis Langrée,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Paris National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Mozart: Requiem - Josef Krips Edition Volume 3
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3156 Release Date: 08/09/2011  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Boris Carmeli,  Marga Hoeffgen,  Agnes Giebel,  Hans Ulrich Mielsch
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  ORTF Chorus
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  • 19.
    Amadeus: Best Of Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82164 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Stephen Hough,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Sabine Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Bryden Thomson,  Hans Vonk,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
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  • 20.
    Schubert: Symphony No. 9; Weber: Oberon, Overture
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3155 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
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  • 21.
    Beethoven: Concerto For Violin And Orchestra; Symphony No. 1; Coriolan
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3154 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
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  • 22.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001550802 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony 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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  • 24.
    Mendelssohn: Elijah / Delman, Procter, Maran, Boyce, Krips
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4804334 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ralph Downes,  Bruce Boyce,  Michael Cunningham,  Norma Procter  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hampstead Parish Church Boys' Choir
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  • 25.
    Schubert: Symphonies No 8 & 9 / Krips, London Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4804725 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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