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Fri, 15. May 2009

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Christopher Raeburn Dies in London

On February 18, 2009, one day before the beginning of the world-tour with Zubin Mehta, with its first stop in London, a long-time companion of our orchestra died in the English capital.  Christopher Raeburn, born on July 31, 1928, and who was the legendary recording engineer for DECCA, succumbed to a serious illness. After being hired in 1954 by this renowned record company, he was granted shortly thereafter a stipend in order to research Mozart opera performances in the 1800's for three years in Vienna. In 1958, he returned to DECCA and joined the famous recording team of John Culshaw, which achieved numerous milestones in the history of recording, including Richard Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen" and Richard Strauss' "Salome" and "Elektra" with Birgit Nilsson, the Vienna Philharmonic and Sir Georg Solti. Following this, Christopher Raeburn directed countless recordings with our orchestra in the Sophiensaal, among them the Janáček cycle with Sir Charles Mackerras. In 1991, he left the company, but continued to work as a free-lance producer. He was presented with the "Midem Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2002 and the "Special Achievement Award of Gramophone Awards" in 2007. The Vienna Philharmonic, whose sound Christopher Raeburn constantly sought to faithfully represent in recordings, while at the same time being an empathetic advocate of the Philharmonic sound in numerous musical journals and public discussions awarded him the Franz Schalk Medal in 1992.

 

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