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September 12, 1990 | By Tom Di Nardo, Daily News Classical Music Writer
Wolfgang Sawallisch, the director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich who has been characterized as a consummate musician, compassionate conductor, and very private person, today was named music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Sawallisch, 67, will succeed Riccardo Muti, who plans to step down as music director after the 1991-92 season. Muti will continue his association with the orchestra as laureate conductor, however. At a press conference announcing the appointment, Sawallisch said: "All of my experiences in Philadelphia, since my debut over 20 years ago, have been extremely rewarding.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 1998 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Wolfgang Sawallisch's recording of the complete, 15-hour Der Ring des Nibelungen has been released in a 14-CD package. No other musical work - except some Chinese opera - matches Richard Wagner's Ring for scale. The gargantuan recording project slipped into local stores without fanfare, probably because EMI counts the appearance of the four-opera set as a rerelease: The original recording was issued as a set of video discs. Sawallisch recorded the four Wagner operas in 1991 while he was completing his 22-year tenure as music director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
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February 22, 1992 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Wolfgang Sawallisch, music-director designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has canceled his scheduled appearances with the orchestra at the Academy of Music March 5 to 17 because of surgery to repair a hernia. "I am furious and disconsolate," Sawallisch said in a prepared statement, adding that this is the first time in 45 years that he has been forced to cancel an appearance. "I had been looking forward with such pleasure to the forthcoming concerts with my great and beloved orchestra, but I am told this condition must be corrected immediately," Sawallisch said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1990 | By Maria Gallagher, Daily News Staff Writer
If you passed Wolfgang Sawallisch on the street, you might take him for a banker or law professor. A New York Times music critic once likened the internationally renowned West German maestro to Clark Kent, for his appearance is formal and conservative. He is a man who comes to rehearsals wearing a long-sleeved shirt, cuff links and a tie. He lacks the leonine locks of Riccardo Muti. He has devoted much of the last 20 years to charting the musical course of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where he was born.
NEWS
August 30, 1990 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man who reportedly has been offered the position of music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch, is characterized as a consummate musician, a compassionate conductor and a man so private it is not widely known whether he has children. Sawallisch, 67, director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, is regarded in his homeland as an eminence grise, a quiet but fiercely dedicated artist who has labored intensely to create memorable music. "We'll never get another conductor like him. If he leaves, it really is the end of an era," said Oswald Beaujean, a cultural editor at Bavarian Radio.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1989 | By Lesley Valdes, Inquirer Music Critic
Surprisingly, considering the Philadelphia Orchestra's history, this is only the fourth season that the musicians have had a regular subscription series for their chamber-music activities. Program annotator Bernard Jacobson masterminds the Sunday-afternoon programs - although he is quick to describe them as "Maestro (Riccardo) Muti's series: Muti looks at every piece. . . . " Regardless of hierarchy, it is the musicians who work at the programs and who regard them with the most enthusiasm.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1998 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Opera Company of Philadelphia has named a gentleman of Verona to the post of principal guest conductor. He is Maurizio Barbacini, a 51-year-old Italian who debuted with the company in 1994 with Il Trovatore and has conducted OPC productions every year since. Barbacini also holds the post of principal conductor of the Finnish National Opera and the Italian repertory at Oslo's Royal Opera, as well as principal guest conductor of the Stockholm Opera. The Opera Company hasn't had a principal conductor since the acrimonious departure of Steven Mercurio in the spring of 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1995 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Marjana Lipovsek won a Grand Prix du Disque for her recording of Frank Martin's Der Cornet, the piece she will sing this week with the Philadelphia Orchestra. But she has to giggle when she recalls her first performance of the cycle of songs. The mezzo-soprano, who is making her local debut in an unusual two-week engagement with the orchestra, says she had known three or four of the 24 songs in the cycle, but had never heard the full cycle. "I was in Salzburg to sing in Friedrich Cerha's Baal, and I saw that Brigitte Fassbaender was going to sing this cycle.
NEWS
August 29, 1990 | By Lesley Valdes, Inquirer Music Critic
Wolfgang Sawallisch, director of two Munich opera companies - the Bavarian State Opera and the Munich State Opera - has been offered the position of music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, according to a board member. The source, who asked not to be identified, said "there seems to be a basic agreement" between management and the West German conductor, who has been asked to succeed Riccardo Muti in 1992. "But," he cautioned, "there are still a lot of details to work out. You can shake hands and think you have a deal, and then when it comes to the fine print, things fall apart.
NEWS
December 29, 1998 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Mechthild Schmid Sawallisch, the wife of Philadelphia Orchestra music director Wolfgang Sawallisch, died Thursday at a hospital near her home in Grassau, Germany. She was 77 years old and had been under treatment for thyroid cancer since September. Philadelphia Orchestra spokesman Andrew Preis said the Sawallisches had telephoned holiday greetings to orchestra president Joseph H. Kluger on Dec. 21, with no hint of her illness being thought that serious. She collapsed Wednesday night and was taken to a hospital in Traunstein, where she died a few hours later.
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February 26, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin and David Patrick Stearns, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITICS
Wolfgang Sawallisch, 89, the German maestro who defied expectations by taking the helm of the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 70 and remaking it into perhaps the most assured blend of orchestral polish and power in the United States, died Friday evening at home in Grassau outside Munich, according to a statement from the Bavarian State Opera. He had been stricken in recent years by a number of diseases and conditions. Mr. Sawallisch, only the orchestra's sixth music director in a century, succeeded the dashing, controversial Riccardo Muti in 1993.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2003 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Wolfgang Sawallisch's departure from the Philadelphia Orchestra next month may be one of the music world's quietest goodbyes. With Sawallisch, that's to be expected. The 79-year-old maestro, who restored the trademark Philadelphia string sound, performed Beethoven and Brahms with matchless authority, and premiered important new works by American composers, has long lived his public life in a businesslike, nonconfiding fashion. Though his charm and still-hearty handshake suggest he's always glad to see you, there's a sense that his availability has fairly strict limits, ones not to be challenged.
NEWS
June 6, 2002 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
There was a time when you could see James Morris walking his dog around Rittenhouse Square. Now, catching him at the Philadelphia Orchestra performance of the Verdi Requiem starting today requires not just money, but connections. It's one of the hottest classical-music tickets of the season. The piece itself is a special occasion, and Morris' presence gives the event an air of luxury casting. The opera world is used to him heading the best casts of Wagner's huge, four-part Ring cycle.
NEWS
December 29, 1998 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Mechthild Schmid Sawallisch, the wife of Philadelphia Orchestra music director Wolfgang Sawallisch, died Thursday at a hospital near her home in Grassau, Germany. She was 77 years old and had been under treatment for thyroid cancer since September. Philadelphia Orchestra spokesman Andrew Preis said the Sawallisches had telephoned holiday greetings to orchestra president Joseph H. Kluger on Dec. 21, with no hint of her illness being thought that serious. She collapsed Wednesday night and was taken to a hospital in Traunstein, where she died a few hours later.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 1998 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
How do you say "happy birthday" in Bavaria? With music, natuerlich. But what music - for a beloved maestro, spouse and friend? For the last two years, Mechthild Sawallisch pondered how to celebrate her husband's 75th birthday. She had a lovely precedent. For her 70th, he organized a surprise concert at their home in this Alpine village, not far from one of Mad King Ludwig's castles. Wolfgang Sawallisch, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, feted his wife with music performed by artists who were her personal friends, music that had a particular meaning for Mechthild.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 1998 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Wolfgang Sawallisch's recording of the complete, 15-hour Der Ring des Nibelungen has been released in a 14-CD package. No other musical work - except some Chinese opera - matches Richard Wagner's Ring for scale. The gargantuan recording project slipped into local stores without fanfare, probably because EMI counts the appearance of the four-opera set as a rerelease: The original recording was issued as a set of video discs. Sawallisch recorded the four Wagner operas in 1991 while he was completing his 22-year tenure as music director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1998 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Opera Company of Philadelphia has named a gentleman of Verona to the post of principal guest conductor. He is Maurizio Barbacini, a 51-year-old Italian who debuted with the company in 1994 with Il Trovatore and has conducted OPC productions every year since. Barbacini also holds the post of principal conductor of the Finnish National Opera and the Italian repertory at Oslo's Royal Opera, as well as principal guest conductor of the Stockholm Opera. The Opera Company hasn't had a principal conductor since the acrimonious departure of Steven Mercurio in the spring of 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1995 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Wolfgang Sawallisch made his American operatic debut Wednesday, leading the Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert reading of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at the Academy of Music. That a conductor who had headed the Bavarian State Opera for 22 years should arrive at an American opera podium so late is one of the oddities of a long life in music. The performance reflected his immersion and agility in the opera world; first he'd had to wait a year to assemble the cast he wanted, then he had to improvise when two principal singers canceled.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 1995 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The first questions Wolfgang Sawallisch faced as the Philadelphia Orchestra's music director-designate concerned opera. That seemed paradoxical, but the orchestra's programs had undergone substantial change during his predecessor's tenure. Riccardo Muti had made opera a significant part of the season. From the questions Sawallisch faced, he concluded that opera had a real place in his future with the orchestra. Sawallisch will answer those questions fully this week when he conducts his first complete opera in America, Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1995 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Marjana Lipovsek won a Grand Prix du Disque for her recording of Frank Martin's Der Cornet, the piece she will sing this week with the Philadelphia Orchestra. But she has to giggle when she recalls her first performance of the cycle of songs. The mezzo-soprano, who is making her local debut in an unusual two-week engagement with the orchestra, says she had known three or four of the 24 songs in the cycle, but had never heard the full cycle. "I was in Salzburg to sing in Friedrich Cerha's Baal, and I saw that Brigitte Fassbaender was going to sing this cycle.
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