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Price: $175.00

MINT CONDITION

Autographed 4 x 6 original Elisabeth Speidel photograph, Hamburg, May 13, 1968.

Schimdt-Isserstedt (1900-1973) was one of the finest of the German War time and post War conductors. Academically inclined in his youth he studied at Heidelberg, Mnster and in Berlin with composer Franz Schreker. After receiving his doctorate he was set on becoming a composer, using conducting to pay his bills. His initial repetiteur and conducting posts included Wuppertal Opera (1923-1928), Rostock Opera (1928-1931) and Darmstadt (1931-1933). He was hired in 1935 as first conductor of the Hamburg Staatsoper, a major promotion from his other posts where he remained until 1942. He refused to join the Nazi Party, yet his musicianship was so impressive and his orchestras love for his leadership gained him his most important War-time post, that of Gerneralmusikdirektor of the Deutsches Operhaus Berlin where he presided from 1942 to 1945. After the War, with a clean political record and an exceptional musical following, the British asked him to form a radio orchestra in Hamburg, which became the Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, or the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg. He pulled together the orchestra in 6 months and their first concert was in November, 1945 with Yehudi Menuhin as soloist. Schmit-Isserstedt served as Founder and Chief Conductor until 1971. From 1955 to 1964 he was also the Music Director of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The conductor also toured the NDR Orchestra in Russia, The United States and throughout Europe. As a guest conductor he was in frequent demand, leading over 100 orchestras throughout the World and operas, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic with whom he recorded significantly. His best remembered recordings are a complete Beethoven Symphony cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic which stands among the finest of those works today. He also conducted regularly in London at both Covent Garden and Glyndebourne.

An uncommon autograph.

HANS SCHMIDT-ISSERSTEDT - CONDUCTOR

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