Death of a Georg Szell stalwart

Edwin Anderson, bass trombone of Cleveland Orchestra from 1964 to 1985, died yesterday from the effects of a strike he suffered a couple of weeks ago.

 

A member of the Indiana University School of Music faculty, Edwin also performed with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, New York, Louisville, New Orleans, Buffalo, St. Louis, and Cincinnati.

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  • Why a “Szell stalwart?” He played only the last six years of Szell’s 24-year tenure. He played for the entire Maazel regime and a year or so of CvD. “Death of Cleveland Bass Trombone” would be more accurate.

    • Love this performance. The recording was recently remastered by Dutton Laboratories (although I don’t think that is what is available here).

  • Must we be so critical of every word, mistaken or otherwise, in this moment?..

    I worked in the orchestra with Ed for over a decade. Beyond his extraordinary playing, he was a wonderful colleague, friend, and human being. His tenure with the orchestra was only 21 years, but his contribution was one which all of us can only hope to achieve.

  • Besides mirroring Don Miller’s comments, all should know that Ed was a gentle, quiet and genuinely nice man who was also a wonderful colleague, friend and an exceptional musician and bass trombone player. I consider it a great privilege to have performed with him during his time with The Cleveland Orchestra. Sincere condolences to his family and especially his wife, Ginny. Richard Weiner, Principal Percussionist, Emeritus, 1963-2011.

    • Would you consider sharing your thoughts about Mr. Duff? IMO, among the musicians who make so many Szell-era CO recordings seminal is his playing. The 1957 Brahms 1st is particularly memorable from the outset as well as his playing in the Beethoven 6th.

  • Besides mirroring Don Miller’s comments, all should know that Ed was a gentle, quiet and genuinely nice man who was also a wonderful colleague and an exceptional musician and bass trombone player. I consider it a great privilege to have performed with him during his time with The Cleveland Orchestra. Sincere condolences to his family. Richard Weiner, Principal Percussionist, Emeritus, 1963-2011.

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