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Price: $85.00

MINT CONDITION

Autographed 3” x 5” original photograph, February, 1980.

Prohaksa (1912-1987) is best remembered today due to his exclusive agreement with Vanguard Classics and his huge output of recordings.  Most of the recordings were made with the Vienna Philharmonic under the title, Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra.  He recorded a huge range of recordings including among others; Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Weber, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Gounod, Mahler, Puccini and Debussy among others. Much of the baroque material were played on period instruments.

Prohaska studied piano with Edouard Steuermann at the Vienna Conservatory.  His first professional position was as a repetiteur at the Graz Oper from 1936 to 1939.  He took a conducting position at the Duisburg Oper from 1939 to 1941 and from 1941 to 1943 at the Strasbourg Opera.  Following the end of the War he was deemed to not be a collaborator and was contracted to be first conductor at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1945 an opera house where he was closely associated for the rest of his life.  He remained on a staff contract through 1955.  Prohaska was also on the musical committee to revive the Salzburg Festspiele for the 1946 season and he led the performances of the new production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” that season. In 1955 he was hired away from Vienna to be the Principal Conductor of Oper Frankfurtwhere he remained until 1961.  He was named Director of the Hannover Hochschule für Musik in 1961.  In addition to his administrative duties in Hannover, he began to conduct regular performances again in Vienna in  1964 and kept that contract through 1967.  From 1965 to 1974 he also conducted opera at the Stadtstheater Hannover.  Prohaska retired from the Hannover Hochschule position in 1975.  There after he continued to record with Vanguard, paying particular attention to the detail in his Bach recordings so they would be as authentic as possible. 

An uncommon conductor autograph.

  

FELIX PROHASKA - CONDUCTOR

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