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Walter Legge

(1906—1979) impresario and record producer


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(b London, 1906, d S. Jean, Cap Ferrat, 1979). Eng. impresario, critic, and author. Joined Gramophone Co. (HMV) 1927, becoming recording manager and holding similar post with Columbia from 1938. Ass. to Beecham at CG 1938–9. Instrumental in putting many famous artists under recording contract. Organized Wolf and Beethoven Sonata socs. for recordings. Contributed criticisms to Manchester Guardian 1934–8. Dir. of mus. ENSA 1942–5. Founded Philharmonia Orch. 1945. Prod. or supervised many famous recordings, incl. Furtwängler's of Tristan und Isolde, Karajan's of Falstaff and Der Rosenkavalier, many by Callas, Lipatti's pf. recordings, Klemperer's legacy, and Neveu's Sibelius vn. conc. Married sop. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 1953.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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