Over the past century, the Philadelphia Orchestra has earned its reputation as one of the finest orchestras in the world. Philadelphia Maestros tells the tale of this marvelous orchestra through the tenures of three conductors: Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. With their singular approaches to sound and public image, all three maestros left an indelible mark on the Orchestra, and the cultural life of the city of Philadelphia. A lifelong fan and scholar of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Phyllis White Rodr\u00edguez-Peralta paints intimate portraits of the conductors using archival material and interviews with musicians, including pianists Gary Graffman and Lang Lang, and violinist Sarah Chang. Rodr\u00edguez-Peralta's text captivates as she recounts Eugene Ormandy's performance as a last-minute substitute for guest conductor Arturo Toscanini; Riccardo Muti's magnetic presence and international fame; and the role of Wolfgang Sawallisch in moving the Orchestra to its grand new hall at the Kimmel Center. Engaging and entertaining, Philadelphia Maestros will be a welcome addition to any aficionado's bookshelf.
Phyllis White Rodriguez-Peralta is an Emeritus Professor of Temple University, formerly the Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is the author of Jose Santos Chocano: An Analysis of His Works and Tres Poetas Cumbres en la Poesia Peruana.
TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE CHAPTER ONE ..... EUGENE ORMANDY CHAPTER TWO ..... RICCARDO MUTI CHAPTER THREE ....WOLFGANG SAWALLISCH CHAPTER FOUR .... VOICES FROM THE MUSIC WORLD Gary Graffman, Lang Lang, Sarah Chang SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX