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Szell,Walter,Solti,and Bernstein all made very famous recordings as pianists.I have seen it reported that Fiedler played in Johann Strauss III's orchestra as a student.Is there any truth to this?
 
Roger
 
> Date: Sun, 4 May 2014 12:45:19 -0400
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labbette, Soprano with string quartette: The Flowers of the Forests, 1925?
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> I believe Fiedler (whose name means "fiddler") was also a violist.  But the
> violists are in good company with composers.  Beethoven, Rossini and Mozart
> all played the viola, I believe, altho both Beethoven and Mozart had
> performing careers as pianists.  Most of the famous violinists of the 19th
> Century, and before, were also composers.
> 
> Best, John
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM, Dave Burnham <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> > You're right. And an inordinate number were cellists, the ones you mention
> > along with Kindler, Bourdon, Casals and Rostropovich. I think Hindemith did
> > some conducting as well which would fill out the picture by including a
> > violist.
> >
> > db
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On May 4, 2014, at 10:48 AM, John Haley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >
> > > Most of the great conductors were/are in fact string players, not
> > pianists.
> > > Szell, Walter, Solti and Bernstein were pianists, and Stokowski was an
> > > organist (his first job in the US was as organist for St. Bart's Church
> > in
> > > Manhattan).  Most of the rest were string players.  Munch was a
> > > concertmaster under Furtwaengler.  Toscanini and Barbirolli were
> > cellists.
> > > Koussevitzsky was a bass fiddle virtuoso.  Ormandy was the most famous
> > > violin student of Hubay, Szigeti's teacher.
> > >
> > > Best,
> > > John Haley
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 4:42 AM, Nick Morgan <
> > > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >
> > >> I suppose most conductors trained before orchestral recording became
> > >> widespread must have been able to - does anyone know of any that
> > couldn't?
> > >>
> > >> Nick
> > >> -----Original Message-----
> > >> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> > >> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dave Burnham
> > >> Sent: 04 May 2014 04:11
> > >> To: [log in to unmask]
> > >> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Dora Labette, Soprano with string quartette: The
> > >> Flowers of the Forests, 1925?
> > >>
> > >> I recently came across a record by Dora Labette with Beecham at the
> > piano;
> > >> never realized he could play the piano.
> > >>
> > >> db
> > >>
> >