Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bravo Maestro Zubin Mehta - Conductor of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra For Fifty Years

From this previous post, there is a July 16, 2019 update at the bottom.

This announcement from Haaretz on December 26, 2016: "Legendary Maestro Zubin Mehta Announces Retirement From Israel Philharmonic Orchestra" - "After over three decades at its helm, the Indian-born conductor will leave in October 2019".

From the Zubin Mehta website page:  "This morning, legendary conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Zubin Mehta, emotionally announced that he will retire as musical director in October 2019.  At his retirement, Mehta will have served as the musical director of the Israel Philharmonic for 50 years.  He first came to the Israel Philharmonic in 1961, as a replacement for legendary conductor Eugene Ormandy. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra appointed Mehta as musical advisor in 1969 and as musical conductor in 1977.  In 1981, it extended his term for life. Maestro Mehta has conducted the Israel Philharmonic in thousands of concerts, recordings, and tours on five continents."

Bravo Zubin Mehta [born April 29, 1936 in Bombay, India]

This from the Zubin Mehta biography page:  "Zubin Mehta was born in 1936 in Bombay [India] and received his first musical education under his father’s Mehli Mehta’s guidance who was a noted concert violinist and the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra."

"By 1961 he had already conducted the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras and has recently celebrated 50 years of musical collaboration with all three ensembles."

"Zubin Mehta continues to support the discovery and furtherance of musical talents all over the world. Together with his brother Zarin he is a co-chairman of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay where more than 200 children are educated in Western Classical Music. The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv develops young talent in Israel and is closely related to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as is a new project of teaching young Arab Israelis in the cities of Shwaram and Nazareth with local teachers and members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra."

The Tales wishes Maestro Mehta congratulations for his upcoming retirement in October of 2019, and I wish him and his family all the best blessings

* Thank you @Sky_Max for sending me this message and following You Tube video: "I watched Khatia Buniatishvili play the Tchaikovsky’s piano Concerto [#1 in B flat minor] on the occasion of Zubin Mehta’s 80th Birthday with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. I was speechless. Dumfounded. Amazed. etc.  This performance was the best thing I’ve ever watched and heard.  Khatia’s playing was powerful, soft, exquisite, flawless, and just magnificent.  What a great artist she is."  ...  "Truly amazing!  She was just 29 years old when this concert was given."

Here is that video from Max from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra You Tube site that will contain a surprise birthday celebration for Maestro Mehta on his 80th birthday at the end of the Tchaikovsky Concerto #1 and encore:

On 24th December 2011, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a concert conducted by Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv.  Here is Maestro Mehta leading the orchestra in Chopin's beautiful piano concerto #1, with virtuoso pianist, Israeli-Russian, Evgeny Kissin as the soloist.

Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto #1 in E minor:

Listen to this wonderful interpretation of the final movement of Beethoven's mesmerizing "Pastoral" 6th Symphony by Zubin Mehta as he leads the Israeli Philharmonic in one of my favorite symphonies.

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F Major, "Pastoral", Movement 5, Allegretto:  

Now here is Maestro Zubin Mehta leading the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv in 2004 in Beethoven's pensive Piano Concerto #4 with pianist supreme, Mitsuko Uchida, the soloist. 

note: Mitsuko Uchida also plays an encore - Mozart's piano sonata in C Major, "semplice", Andante movement in the following video.

L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 in G Major: 

In this final video tribute to Maestro Mehta, please turn up the volume and enjoy this live recording from 1988 in Tel Aviv at the 40 year celebration of the state of Israel, where Zubin Mehta leads the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Israel's National Anthem, Hatikva, the 'Hope'.

UPDATE: July 16, 2019This from USSA news:  "In a special concert at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv on Sunday night, [July 14, 2019] Mehta conducted a performance of Verdi’s Requiem and received a ten-minute standing ovation from the crowd.  According to Hebrew news site Walla, the musicians wept as Mehta stepped down from the stage.

Though he will remain with the orchestra until October, this was effectively his farewell performance as musical director."

Bravo and best wishes on your retirement, Maestro Zubin Mehta!

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