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He conducted with the power of a hypnotist

He was not a brooder, not a theorist, not a revolutionary. Not a jet-setting conductor, not a Despot, not an Entertainer. What was Mariss Jansons, is easy to say. But what was he? What made him? This is far more difficult to put into words. You had to experience it in his concerts: How is there suddenly a magical atmosphere arose in the room. As the audience and orchestra together in the Wake of the music came. As the sound was palpable, filling the space, hypnotic. You forgot it so quickly.

As the son of a conductor and a singer Jansons, born in Riga in 1943 and had lived, always with music. He studied violin, piano and Conducting in Leningrad, and later he was in Vienna a pupil of Hans Swarowsky and Herbert von Karajan. His first chief Executive post, he received in 1979 in Oslo, 21 years, he remained there: as one, the mind to build up with patience and energy, something.

father died in the Conducting

in 1996, he suffered during one of Oslo's performance of "Bohème," a life-threatening heart attack, which was all the more fateful, as his father had died of a heart attack while Conducting. Since then, Jansons's health was fragile – in contrast to his charisma as a conductor.

1997 was appointed Jansons (first, next to the Oslo commitment) to the chief conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Since 2003, he led the Symphony orchestra of the Bavarian radio, from 2004 to 2015, he was also chief conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Zurich star hours

This guest conducting engagements: not too many came, Jansons has belonged to the Glamour of the tourists among the conductors. In the case of the Vienna Philharmonic, he was often, for a time he also conducted regularly, the Zurich Tonhalle orchestra. Unforgettable is his Interpretation of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 is, for example, in the summer of 2002: The beauty and the despair, the heat and the hardness of this music has rarely seen so clearly as here.

Shostakovich was a Central composer for Jansons, exactly as Mahler or Strauss. In their works, the expression of the musicians could those glowing intensity, those develop emotional depth and truthfulness, with which he wowed the audience and the orchestra alike.

In the last few months, he had to cancel for health reasons, and concerts. Now, Mariss Jansons, 76, passed away at the age of in St. Petersburg.

Created: 01.12.2019, 17:34 PM

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