Sir John Barbirolli, CH (1899–1970) was a British conductor and
cellist. He helped save the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester from
dissolution in 1943 and was its music director for the rest of his life.
He was also Arturo Toscanini's successor as music director of the New
York Philharmonic (1936–43), chief conductor of the Houston Symphony
(1961–67), and a guest conductor of many other orchestras. Born in
London of Italian and French parentage, Barbirolli grew up in a family
of professional musicians. After starting out as a cellist, he was given
the chance to conduct, from 1926 with the British National Opera
Company, and then with Covent Garden's touring company. Although he had
less opportunity to work in the opera house after 1943, he conducted
productions of works by Verdi, Wagner, Gluck, and Puccini at Covent
Garden in the 1950s with such success that he was invited to become its
permanent musical director, an invitation he declined. Both in the
concert hall and on record, Barbirolli was particularly associated with
the music of English composers such as Elgar, Delius and Vaughan
Williams. His interpretations of composers such as Mahler, Sibelius, and
Schubert are also still admired.
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