He sang under the conductorship
of Sir Malcolm Sargent for 13 years until Sargent's death in 1967.
Classical Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Simon Rattle: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker During Rattle's 18-year principal conductorship
of the CBSO I think there was only one occasion where he tackled Tchaikovsky.
Having said that, one of the unique joys of this set is the compilation of reminiscences frompastmembersof theNewYorkPhil who performed under the baton of Mahler himself (he shared principal conductorship
of that then crack orchestra with Toscanini) - and ofMahler's daughter Anna (towhomBenjamin Britten dedicated his often Mahlerian Nocturne).
And Dame Janet Baker reminded us of the wonderful series of baroque operas in which she starred under the wise, unflappable conductorship
of Professor Anthony Lewis.
Recently van Zweden was named as Andrew Litton's successor as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which means he will be juggling three orchestras since he has also accepted the principal conductorship
of the Royal Flemish Orchestra in Belgium.
Recorded in Boston's historic Symphony Hall in the early 1980s, these performances bring together the great Bohemia-born Russian-Jewish pianist Rudolf Serkin and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, long described as "an aristocrat among orchestras", under Seiji Ozawa, midway through a principal conductorship
which some eventually considered as having endured too long.
CBSO historian Beresford King-Smith said yesterday: 'Meredith was actually offered the principal conductorship
in 1959 when Andrjez Panufnik left in a hurry after two years.
Though some may have criticised Michael Tilson Thomas for the Americanised razzmatazz created around him during his principal conductorship
of the London Symphony Orchestra (I even remember groupies following him on a couple of visits to Birmingham), no-one can deny the natural flair of his response to these masterpieces of new world/old world integration.