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Leo Borchard: Telefunken Recordings 1933-35
Berliner Philharmoniker, Leo Borchard
The present disc draws our attention to the unjustly forgotten musician Leo Borchard. Borchard was a musician, a cosmopolite and a resistance activist who became the first postwar conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born to German parents in Moscow in 1899, Borchard came to Berlin in 1920, studied with Eduard Erdmann and Hermann Scherchen and gathered initial conducting experience with choirs. He was the répétiteur under Bruno Walter at the Deutsche Oper and under Otto Klemperer at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and then the conductor of the Radio Orchestra in Königsberg for two years. On 3 January 1933 Borchard made his Berlin Philharmonic debut. Then on 10 December of the same year he conducted his second concert with a ．varied programme・. During the 1935/36 season Borchard conducted the Philharmonic・s ．Popular Concerts,・ leading the orchestra on fifteen evenings at the Philharmonic Hall in the Bernburger Straße. His concerts met with approval...