Personalities | Hans von Bülow | Late Romantic | Classical

(Hans fun Bü’-lo) 1830–94
German conductor

One of the first great Wagner conductors, Bülow was a pupil of Liszt at Weimar and married Liszt’s daughter Cosima in 1857. He was Head of Piano at the Berlin Conservatory (1855–64) and later, as director of the Munich Court Opera, conducted the premieres of Wagner’s Tristan (1865) and Die Meistersinger (1868). Although devastated when Cosima left him in 1869 to marry Wagner, Bülow nevertheless remained loyal to Wagner’s cause. He was a legendary conductor and under his direction the Meiningen Court Orchestra became the most famous in Germany (1880–85). Though Bülow’s tone poems and piano works are neglected, his seminal editions of the classics are still highly respected.

Recommended Recording:
Piano Music, Daniel Blumenthal (Marco Polo)

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