Tuesday, November 27, 2018

RIP Harold Farberman

Death of US Chief Harold Farberman

November 25, 2018 by The Editor

It is Norman Lebrecht who announces it on his site: the American conductor Harold Farberman has died at the age of 89 years (born in 1929). Mostly known in the Anglo-Saxon countries, he was first percussionist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1951-1963) and composer, then turned to conducting, while continuing to compose and teach (Hartt School of Music, then Bard College Conservatory of Music).

He had served as musical director of US minor orchestras, as well as principal guest conductor in Denver (United States) and Bournemouth (United Kingdom). Harold Farberman has often conducted English orchestras (New Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and Scandinavia.

He has made numerous recordings since the 1960s, including a few well-known records: American music such as Charles Ives's symphonies (Vanguard), but also symphonies by Michael Haydn and Gustav Mahler (Vox), or the spectacular Symphony No. 3 called "Ilya Muromets" by Reinhold Glière (Unicorn-Kanchana).

Born: 11/2/1929, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/24/2018

Harold Farberman’ western – composer:
The Great American Cowboy - 1973

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