Lenin’s favourite Mahler conductorNews
A first biography of Gustav Mahler’s close associate Oskar Fried, by Alexander Gurdon, has appeared in German under the title ‘Von Mahler bis Moskau’.
Mahler personally rehearsed Fried in the performance of his second symphony (of which Fried would make the first recording in 1921). Lenin personally greeted Fried in 1922 when he became the first foreigner to conduct in Moscow after the Revolution.
When Hitler came to power, Fried migrated to Tbilisi in Georgia, moving on to Moscow, where he died, aged 69, in 1941.
His Resurection Symphony recording is epic.