Kurt Eichhorn

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Kurt Peter Eichhorn (born August 4, 1908 in Munich ; † June 29, 1994 in Murnau ) was a German conductor .


The son of a painter studied at the Conservatory in Würzburg with Hermann Zilcher and made his debut in 1932 as Kapellmeister and choir conductor in Bielefeld . After stints in Teplitz-Schönau and Karlsbad , he was appointed music director at the Dresden Semperoper in 1941 . He also worked with the Dresden Philharmonic . In 1945 he was entrusted with the management of the Munich Philharmonic . A large part of his career then took place in Munich, he conducted at the Bavarian State Opera , from 1956–67 he was chief conductor of the State Theater on Gärtnerplatz in Munich. From 1967 to 1975 he then worked as chief conductor of the Munich Radio Orchestra . He directed a conducting class at the State University of Music in Munich .

Most famous are his Orff recordings that he made with the Munich Radio Orchestra. A recording of all of Bruckner's symphonies with the Bruckner Orchester Linz , which he began in the late 1980s, remains unfinished. The published symphonies No. 2 and No. 5–9 are counted by numerous critics, in addition to the recordings by Günter Wand, among the valid Bruckner recordings of the late 20th century.