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Rickenbacher, Karl Anton (conductor)

Karl Anton Rickenbacher (conductor)

After Karl Anton Rickenbacher's American debut in 1989, Musical America wrote: '… Rickenbacher has Klemperer's musical depth and probing insight, Boulez's eye for detail, and the zest and energy that have characterised Karajan at his best.'

Karl Anton Rickenbacher's professional life started in opera, initially as Repetiteur and Assistant Conductor at the Zurich Opera House. In 1969 he was appointed Principal Conductor at the Freiburg City Opera where he advanced to the position of Deputy Music Director. During these early years Otto Klemperer had a decisive influence on his development and described him as 'one of the most talented conductors of the younger generation'.

After a nine year period conducting a broad repertoire, Rickenbacher accepted the post of Music Director to the Westfalian Symphony Orchestra, a position he held from 1976 to 1985. His international career was launched with his nomination as Principal Conductor to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1978.

In both opera and concert he conducts not only the masterpieces of standard repertoire but also contemporary music, earning him the admiration and respect of many composers. Olivier Messiaen spoke of Rickenbacher as 'a great conductor of our time, who discerns precisely the relevant aesthetics of each work'.

Rickenbacher's extensive discography shows his passionately inquiring mind. In his recordings many works appear for the first time on CD and reveal a broader view of the creative output of even the greatest composers. The repertoire includes Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Grieg, Hartmann, Hindemith, Humperdinck, Liszt, Mahler, Messiaen, Milhaud, Nicolai, Spohr, Richard Strauss and Wagner, with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Bamberg Symphony and the Budapest Symphony Orchestras.

Born in Basel, Switzerland, Rickenbacher studied at the Berlin Conservatory, taking courses with Herbert von Karajan and Pierre Boulez. He has established an international reputation as a conductor perpetuating the tradition of his illustrious mentors.

Albums

Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra I
CDA67401/22CDs
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 53 – Music for piano & orchestra II
CDA67403/43CDs
Liszt: Piano Music
LISZT12CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
C M von Webers Polonaise brillante, S367with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Concerto for piano and strings in E minor 'Malédiction', S121with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Concerto in E flat, S125a Op posth.with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Concerto pathétique in E minor, S365bwith Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
De profundis – Psaume instrumental pour orchestre et piano principal, S121awith Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Fantasie über Motive aus Beethovens "Ruinen von Athen", S122with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Fantasie über ungarische Volksmelodien, S123with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Grand solo de concert, S365with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Grande fantaisie symphonique, S120with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Grosse Fantasie 'Wanderer', S366with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini', S365awith Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Konzertstück in F minor, S367awith Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major, S124with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concerto No 2 in A major, S125with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Totentanz – Paraphrase über Dies irae, S126iiwith Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Totentanz – Phantasie für Pianoforte und Orchester 'De profundis version', S126iwith Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra
SOPHIE MENTER (1846-1918)
Ungarische Zigeunerweisen 'Konzert im ungarischen Styl', S714with Leslie Howard (piano), Budapest Symphony Orchestra

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

C M von Webers Polonaise brillante, S367 (Liszt/Weber)
Concerto for piano and strings in E minor 'Malédiction', S121 (Liszt)
Concerto in E flat, S125a Op posth. (Liszt)
Concerto pathétique in E minor, S365b (Liszt/Reuss)
De profundis – Psaume instrumental pour orchestre et piano principal, S121a (Liszt)
Fantasie über Motive aus Beethovens "Ruinen von Athen", S122 (Liszt/Beethoven)
Fantasie über ungarische Volksmelodien, S123 (Liszt)
Grand solo de concert, S365 (Liszt)
Grande fantaisie symphonique, S120 (Liszt/Berlioz)
Grosse Fantasie 'Wanderer', S366 (Liszt/Schubert)
Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini', S365a (Liszt/Bellini)
Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini', S365a (Liszt/Bellini/Chopin)
Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini', S365a (Liszt/Bellini/Czerny)
Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini', S365a (Liszt/Bellini/Herz)
Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini', S365a (Liszt/Bellini/Pixis)
Hexaméron – Morceau de concert 'Grandes Variations de bravoure sur la marche des Puritains de Bellini', S365a (Liszt/Bellini/Thalberg)
Konzertstück in F minor, S367a (Liszt/Weber)
Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major, S124 (Liszt)
Piano Concerto No 2 in A major, S125 (Liszt)
Totentanz – Paraphrase über Dies irae, S126ii (Liszt)
Totentanz – Phantasie für Pianoforte und Orchester 'De profundis version', S126i (Liszt)
Ungarische Zigeunerweisen 'Konzert im ungarischen Styl', S714 (Menter/Liszt/Tchaikovsky)