These we have lost, 2019

These we have lost, 2019


norman lebrecht

December 27, 2019

Mariss Jansons

Andre Previn


Jessye Norman

Composers: Giya Kancheli, Christopher Rouse, Michel Legrand, Hans Zender, Dominick Argento , Jacques Loussier, Joao Gilberto, Theo Verbey, Ivo Malec, Mario Davidovsky, Barrington Pheloung, Ben Johnston, Michael Colgrass, Boguslaw Schaeffer,  Sven-David Sandström, Ami Maayani, John Joubert,  Chou Wen-chung,  Ib Norholm, René Samson, Jerry Herman

Conductors: Stephen Cleobury, Michael Gielen, Simon Streatfeild,  Elio Boncompagni, Werner Andreas Albert, Ján Valach, John Curro, Colin Mawby, Raymond Leppard

Pianists: Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda. Dina Ugorskaja, Daniel Wayenberg, Alexander Tamir, Karen Shaw, Paola Bruni, Márta Kurtág, Dalton Baldwin, Abbey Simon

Violinists: Aaron Rosand, Elliott Golub, Marya Columbia

Violist Jerry Horner

Cellists: Uzi Wiesel, Vladimir Orloff, Vagram Saradjian, Anner Bylsma

Singers: Hilde Zadek, Heather Harper,  Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick, Marcello Giordani, Felice Schiavi,  Joseph Rouleau, Mira Zakai, Deborah Cook, Sanford Sylvan, Wilma Lipp, Ann Crumb, Rolando Panerai, Carol Channing, Peter Schreier

Directors: Johannes Schaaf, Hal Prince, Franco Zeffirelli, Jonathan Miller

Horns: Gerd Seiffert, Norman Schweikert

Percussionist Richard Weiner

Guitarist Alberto Ponce

Impresarios: Victor Hochhauser, Walter Homburger, Naomi Graffman

Critics: Paul J Pelkonen, Claude Gingras, Robert Henderson, Roger Covell, Martin Bernheimer


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  • Thomasina says:

    Franco Zeffirelli (June).

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    Good to see Roger Covell, who was also a musicologist, author & occasional conductor, recognised in this list.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Franco Zeffirelli

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Baritone Theo Adam

  • Adam Stern says:

    Thank you for the remembrances. Might we add Martin Bernheimer to the list of critics?

  • Gravicembalo says:

    So Elliott Carter is still alive at 111?

  • In 50 years we will continue to hear the music of Andre and Mariss from LA, London, Munich and Amsterdam

  • V. Lind says:

    Jonathan Miller?

  • Isabel Trautwein says:

    Richard Weiner was a legendary George Szell-era Cleveland Orchestra Principal Percussionist, listed above under horn. Might you have intended to write Michael (Mike) Bloom, Szell’s legendary Principal Horn player here? He is missing.

  • John Borstlap says:

    WIth such lists, it seems that more musicians are dying than are born. We need also lists of great musicians who were born this year, to compensate for the gloom.

  • Julien says:

    Raymond Leppard, pionneer for Monteverdi and Cavalli during the 20th century. His interpretation is now outdated and questionable but nobody was speaking about Cavalli in the 60’s and 70’s.

  • Cleveland Music Lover says:

    Richard Weiner was a percussionist. He was the Principal Percussionist of The Cleveland Orchestra for many years.

  • SNOWMAN says:

    Tubist-Sam Pilafian

  • Yoshi says:

    Anner Bylsma

  • Ed says:

    Sorry to see that Martin Bernheimer didn’t make the cut.

  • Ed says:

    Also, Michael Grebanier, for over 40 years a member of the San Francisco Symphony and principal cellist at the end of his career. Died shortly before Christmas.

  • Brettermeier says:

    Marie Fredriksson (December).

  • Diabolus the Minor says:

    Ahem! ‘A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic’ (Jean Sibelius)

  • Richard Rodzinski says:

    You seem to have forgotten to add to this list the wonderful and under appreciated conductor Jerzy Semkow

  • Ms.Melody says:

    Italian Tenor Umberto Grilli.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    Organists Jean Guillou and Peter Hurford

    Sopranos Erika Sziklay (her Pierrot Lunaire remains unsurpassed) and Margit Laszlo

    Musicologists Alejandro Planchart and Ferenc Bonis

    Cellist Anner Bylsma

    Composers Miklos Kocsar and Zoltan Jeney

    Ballerina Alicia Alonzo

    Critics Clive James and John Simon

    Lutenist-guitarist Daniel Benko

  • Yi Peng Li says:

    Could you include Flummerfelt and Hurford in your list? I see you might have missed them out.

  • Patrick Gillot says:

    Michael Gielen an amazing Conductor in 20th century music as well as Bruckner and Mahler deserves to be named in the same breath as Jansons.

  • ThrownOutOfTheKremlinForSinging says:

    Why did you leave out Ekkehard Wlaschiha? (28 May 1938 – 20 February 2019)

  • Tanya says:

    James Christiansen, baritone

  • Buzz says:

    Jerry Epstein, viola; Martin Bernheimer, Pulitzer Prize winning critic.