Rediscovering Buffalo Philharmonic’s former music director Krips

Posted on: March 20, 2012

In Sunday’s (3/18) Buffalo News, Mary Kunz Goldman writes, “In 1963, change came to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Lukas Foss became music director, succeeding Josef Krips, who was leaving to head the San Francisco Symphony. … When he died, Foss was eulogized as the man who brought the BPO into the modern age, who put the BPO on the map. That may be true. But now, Foss could have competition. A figure is stepping from the wings of distant memory. A huge, hulking man with a fat cigar and a Colonel Klink accent. After 50 years, Josef Krips is back. Recently, when the BPO released a recording of Krips conducting Glenn Gould in Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto, it made waves on the Internet. … Krips was in Buffalo for a decade, longer than anyone but JoAnn Falletta. But partly because of the fuss over Foss, much of his legacy here has been forgotten. … It was Krips who envisioned Artpark. He saw it as a summer festival of classical music and jazz. ‘But no rock and roll,’ he told The News in 1960. ‘That is just so much noise.’ Krips was the first conductor to bring the BPO to New York City, where the New York Times called it ‘excellent.’ ”

Posted March 20, 2012