14 Facts About Arthur Nikisch


Arthur Nikisch was a Hungarian conductor who performed internationally, holding posts in Boston, London, Leipzig and—most importantly—Berlin.

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Arthur Nikisch was considered an outstanding interpreter of the music of Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Liszt.

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Arthur Nikisch began his studies at the Vienna Conservatory in 1866.

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Arthur Nikisch was engaged as a violinist in the Vienna Philharmonic, and played in the Bayreuth Festival orchestra in its inaugural season of 1876.

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Arthur Nikisch gave the premiere of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No 7 with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 1884.

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On 1 July 1885 Arthur Nikisch married Amelie Heussner, a singer and actress, who had been engaged the preceding years at the Kassel court theatre with Gustav Mahler.

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Arthur Nikisch later became conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and from 1893 to 1895 director of the Royal Opera in Budapest.

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Arthur Nikisch was a popular guest conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic and Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, and conducted the Ring Cycle of Richard Wagner at Covent Garden in London.

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Arthur Nikisch served as director of the Leipzig Conservatory from 1902 and there taught a class in conducting.

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In 1921 Arthur Nikisch conducted several concerts at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

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On 10 November 1913, Arthur Nikisch made one of the earliest recordings of a complete symphony, Beethoven's 5th, with the Berlin Philharmonic, a performance later reissued on LP and CD by DGG and other modern labels.

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Arthur Nikisch made a series of early recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, some of which display the portamento characteristic of early-20th century playing.

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Arthur Nikisch's legacy is as one of the founders of modern conducting, with deep analysis of the score, a simple beat, and a charisma that let him bring out the full sonority of the orchestra and plumb the depths of the music.

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Arthur Nikisch supported Furtwangler at the beginning of his career and predicted that he would be his successor.

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