New light on how Ormandy got the Philadelphia jobmain
Amid divided opinion on the Hungarian conductor, but the critic Joseph Horowitz has come up with a 1934 letter from Stokowski’s ex-wife in the year Stoki gave up the orchestra he had made world famous.
She runs through the merits of various candidates – Reiner, Kleiber, Klemperer, Furtwängler and more – but she opts for Ormandy: ‘I was overwhelmed by the display of qualities that were so like the young Leopold that it was uncanny. I am not speaking of externals of conducting that might be imitative of Stokowski’s methods. I am speaking of purely musical and temperamental qualities, of phrasing, feeling and orchestral balance . . . As a man I do not yet know him very well but I have already had occasion to discover one priceless quality – loyalty.’…
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