Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Josef Krips’s Farewell To Buffalo
The farewell letter presented by Josef Krips to musicians of the Buffalo Philharmonic in 1963.
Krips left Buffalo that year to take the music directorship in San Francisco.
Krips was vastly under-appreciated outside Central Europe. He was especially underrated in Britain, France, Italy and the U.S., where reluctance to grant Krips his due bordered on criminal neglect.
John Culshaw took several unnecessary swipes at Krips in Culshaw’s memoir recounting Culshaw’s career as a recording executive at Decca. Culshaw’s swipes were ungenerous and unkind, and betrayed Culshaw’s fundamental pettiness.
If my French were better, I would attempt to plow through Georges Athanasiades’s massive biography of Krips. Krips had an interesting life, and the Athanasiades tome is supposed to be exhaustive—as well as stupendous.
I almost bought a copy of the Athanasiades at the book kiosk in the lobby of Palais Garnier in 2003 or 2004, but my brother talked me out of making the purchase (the book is huge and unwieldy, and was hardly cheap even back in 2003 or 2004, when it remained in print; today copies of the out-of-print book are monstrously expensive).