Vale Raymond Leppard

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Vale Raymond Leppard

Post by Belle » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:00 pm

This estimable musician has just died. A wonderful career and fine recordings and conducting are his legacy.

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Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Post by barney » Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:18 pm

Yes, he figures strongly in my collection. A fine musician. RIP

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Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Post by Holden Fourth » Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:10 pm

I've got his Brandenburgs which I love.

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Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Post by Lance » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:44 pm

One by one, we go. Fortunately, I have about 50 CDs of his work, especially with many with whom he collaborated: Janet Baker, Helen Watts, Philippe Entremont, Jessye Norman, Maurice Gendron, Elly Ameling, Arthur Grumiaux, Heinz Holliger, April Cantelo, Teresa Berganza, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Gerard Souzay, Ransom Wilson, and so many others. And I loved his Bach Brandenburg Concertos as does CMGer Holden Fourth. Lots of material on Philips, EMI, Decca and Sony.

He died in Indianapolis, Indiana, aged 92, where he was a conductor of the orchestra there for many years. I am surprised he didn't return to England eventually but made the USA his home.

About him on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Leppard
And this announcement from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra:
https://d3dc8oevg0euf4.cloudfront.net/p ... elease.pdf
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Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Post by maestrob » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:43 am

Oh my, another great musician passes. Very sad indeed. Leppard seemed to fade from view during the past 15 or so years. I didn't know he was still with us. Most of what I had by him was on vinyl, but note that he was the conductor of Wynton Marsalis's debut as a classical artist, very well thought of in its day:

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He will be missed.

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Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Post by barney » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:34 pm

That's an interesting cover, Brian.
Not only did they not think highly enough of Leppard to name him there, or the orchestra, they did not think enough of themselves. Unusual for there to be no mention of the label!

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Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Post by maestrob » Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:24 am

barney wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:34 pm
That's an interesting cover, Brian.
Not only did they not think highly enough of Leppard to name him there, or the orchestra, they did not think enough of themselves. Unusual for there to be no mention of the label!
Yep, I noticed that too. It's the National Symphony, recorded by Columbia Records originally in the early 1970's. It sold quite well in LP format, and continues to sell well as a Great Performances CD.

Actually, this is typical for the Sony/Columbia Great Performances series: here's another cover with Thomas Schippers conducting the New York Philharmonic in Russian repertoire, recorded in the middle 1960's:

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Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Post by barney » Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:02 pm

Ah well, doubtless more relaxed marketing days. In these days of brand placements in films and everywhere else, it would be less likely.

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Re: Vale Raymond Leppard

Post by Lance » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:02 pm

I have been trying to determine if Leppard is going back to England for burial, or will it be in Indianapolis? Anybody know?
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