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JORGE MESTER

The American conductor Jorge Mester was born in Mexico City in 1935 to parents who had emigrated from Hungary. He studied conducting with Jean Morel at The Juilliard School in New York, also working with Leonard Bernstein at the Berkshire Music Center, and with Albert Wolff. In 1955 he made his début conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. His opera début was with Salome in 1960 at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Since then he has conducted many of the world’s leading ensembles, including the Boston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. In 1967 he became music director of the Louisville Orchestra, noted for its advocacy of new and neglected music. With this orchestra Mester made more than seventy first recordings of works by such composers as Bruch, Cowell, Crumb, Dallapiccola, Ginastera, Granados, Koechlin, Penderecki, Petrassi, Schuller, and Shostakovich. From 1969 to 1990 he was music director of the Aspen Festival and later became its conductor laureate. Mester was appointed music director of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra in 1983, and in 1998 he added to that post the music directorship of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. A noted teacher, he was on the faculty of The Juilliard School for most of the period between 1958 and 1988.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BLACHER: Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 2 First Edition
FECD-0040
Orchestral
COWELL: Ongaku / Symphony No. 11 / Thesis First Edition
FECD-0003
Orchestral
CRUMB: Variazioni / Echoes of Time and the River First Edition
FECD-0008
Orchestral
GINASTERA: Ollantay / Pampeana No. 3 / Jubilum First Edition
FECD-0015
Orchestral
GREAT SONGS OF THE YIDDISH STAGE, VOL. 3 Naxos
8.559455
Vocal
HINDEMITH: Kammermusik No. 2 / Concert Music for Viola / Piano Concerto First Edition
FECD-0022
Orchestral, Concertos
HUSA: Music for Prague 1968 / Apotheosis of this Earth First Edition
FECD-0009
Orchestral
IN CELEBRATION OF ISRAEL Naxos
8.559461
Vocal
JEWISH MUSIC OF THE DANCE Naxos
8.559439
Opera
LEVY, M.D.: Masada / Canto de los Marranos (BBC Singers, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Kiesler, Y. Levi) Naxos
8.559427
Vocal
MARTIN: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto First Edition
FECD-0020
Concertos
MENNIN: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 / Cello Concerto First Edition
FECD-0013
Concertos
MILHAUD: Overture Mediterraneenne / Kentuckiana / Cortege Funebre / Quatre Chansons de Ronsard First Edition
FECD-0031
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
MILLER, Benzion: Cantor Benzion Miller Sings Cantorial Concert Masterpieces Naxos
8.559416
Vocal
PERSICHETTI: Serenade No. 5, Op. 43 / Symphony No. 5, Op. 61 / Symphony No. 8 First Edition
FECD-0034
Orchestral
PISTON: Serenata / Symphony No. 5 / Symphony No. 7 / Symphony No. 8 First Edition
FECD-0010
Orchestral
ROREM: Eleven Studies / Piano Concerto First Edition
FECD-0021
Concertos
SCHUMAN: Symphony No. 4 / Prayer in Time of War / Judith First Edition
FECD-0011
Orchestral
SURINACH: Melorhythmic Dramas / Symphonic Variations First Edition
FECD-0039
Orchestral
TOCH: Miniature Overture / Peter Pan, Op. 76 / Notturno, Op. 77 / Symphony No. 5, Op. 89 First Edition
FECD-0035
Orchestral
VILLA-LOBOS: Erosao / Danses Africaines / Bachianas Brasileiras First Edition
FECD-0016
Orchestral
WEISGALL: T'kiatot / Psalm of the Distant Dove / A Garden Eastward Naxos
8.559425
Vocal
WORLD PREMIERE COLLECTION First Edition
FECD-0032
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral





 
 
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