Print media has been slow to report the early death of conductor Yakov Kreizberg and no full appreciation has yet appeared, outside of Holland’s Volkskrant.
Youtube, though, is quick off the mark. Hilary Hahn
has uploaded three segments of her video interview with Yakov, both clearly having fun, together with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Florian Zwiauer. Yakov’s warmth and generosity comes over full blast.
There are also clips of him talking about various composers, including Mahler.
I have fond memories of him working in Berlin at the Komische Opera with the 90-odd but very sprightly Berthold Goldschmidt. You can hear sample clips from the Decca album here
Desperately sad to have lost him.
‘I have adored this man for many years as a unique artist, musician, pianist, and wonderful conductor, but mostly as my great friend and collaborator.’