Thursday, February 28, 2013

In Memory

A melancholy moment to remember other musicians who've died following a stroke or heart attack on stage.
  • Giuseppe Sinopoli (2001, Deutsche Oper Berlin, conducting Aida)
  • Richard Versalle (1996, Metropolitan Opera, Vec Makropoulos)
  • Tatiana Nikoleyevna (1993, San Francisco Performances, Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues)
  • Giuseppe Patane (1989, Munich, conducting The Barber of Seville)
  • Arvids Jansons (1984, Manchester, conducting the Halle Orchestra)
  • Fausto Cleva (1971, Athens, conducting Gluck's Orfeo)
  • Joseph Keilberth (1968, Munich, conducting Tristan und Isolde)
  • Hermann Uhde (Copenhagen, 1965)
  • Leonard Warren (1960, Metropolitan Opera, La forza del destino)
  • Dimitri Mitropoulos (1960, Milan, rehearsing Mahler's 3rd)
  • Eduard van Beinum (1959, Amsterstam, rehearsing Brahms 1st)
  • Simon Barere (1952, Carnegie Hall)
  • Walter Widdop (1949, London, the day after a Proms appearance)
  • Felix Mottl (1911, Munich, conducting Tristan und Isolde)
  • Armand Castelmary (1897, Metropolitan Opera, Martha)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937), organist @ Notre Dame. At the end of the 1,750th recital of his career, he was to begin an improvisation. He set the stops . . . then had a heart attack. His foot landed on the low pedal Eb, which sounded for quite some time. The some 3,000 in attendance at the cathedral merely thought it was the beginning of the improvisation. It was only the few people up in the organ loft who saw what happened.