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Respected by musicians the world over as a deeply serious musician, and for his instinctive musicality, Claus Peter Flor is steeped in the Central European tradition. Born in Leipzig in 1953, he was taught the violin in Weimar and Leipzig, and subsequently studied conducting with Rolf Reuter, and later on with Kubelik and Kurt Sanderling. At the age of 31 he became General Music Director of the Berlin Symphony, also conducting the other major (East-)German orchestras: Leipzig Gewandhaus and Dresden Staatskapelle. In 1988 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has returned twice. From 1991-4 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, held the same position alongside that of Artistic Advisor to the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich 1991-96, and recently renewed his contract as Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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Claus Peter Flor has appeared regularly with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Bamberg Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the radio orchestras of Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Leipzig as well as guesting with the Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, London Symphony, NHK Symphony & Yomiuri Orchestra, La Scala Milan among others.

Newsletter/Spring 2001:
More triumphs in U.S. for Flor

Newsletter/Spring 2000:
Orchestral Touring Highlights

Newsletter/Autumn 1999:
Flor triumphs in Chicago Symphony debut

Newsletter/Spring 1999:
Flor unveils oratorio of Max Bruch

Newsletter/Autumn 1998:
... a Berliner in Dallas

Newsletter/Spring 1998:
A new Bruckner conductor for Vienna

Newsletter/Spring 1998:
Orchestral Touring Highlights

Forthcoming engagements include return visits to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Symphony, Deutsche Oper, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle, Orchestra Verdi di Milano. Since his American debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1985 he has also worked with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic, and he is a frequent visitor to Montreal, St Louis, Houston, Minnesota; in coming months he also conducts the Toronto Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony.

He has conducted opera productions in Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne, the Deutsche Oper and the Berlin Staatsoper, where he returned in January 2000 for performances of Freischütz. This was followed by a new production of Meistersinger at La Monnaie in Brussels, which he then took toTokyo in June 2002. He has conducted Figaro at La Monnaie and last season in Toulouse, where he returns for Zauberflöte. In 2003 he conducts La Boheme for Dallas Opera. Last season he conducted a concert performance of Rienzi in Paris with the Orchestre National de France.

Claus Peter Flor has made many recordings for BMG Classics/RCA Victor Red Seal, most notably Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony with the Concertgebouw, Martinu symphonies with the Berlin Symphony, Mozart and Weber with the Philharmonia (with Haydn, Szymanowski and Janacek to be released), Zemlinsky with the Hamburg Radio, and a highly acclaimed Mendelssohn cycle with the Bamberg Symphony. He also recorded the world premiere recording of Bruch’s Oratorio "Moses" with the Bamberg Symphony, released on Orfeo.

Claus Peter Flor appears by arrangement with Intermusica Artists’ Management Ltd.

January 2003

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Opera repertoire suggestions
BERLIOZ Les Troyens
DVORAK Rusalka
HINDEMITH Mathis der Maler
HUMPERDINK Hansel & Gretel
MOZART Cosi fan Tutte
Don Giovanni
Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail
Die Zauberfloete
Le Nozze di Figaro
Clemenza di Tito
MEYERBEER The Huguenots
The Prophets
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov
PFITZNER Palestrina
La Fanciulla del West
Gianni Schicci
Madama Butterfly
Manon Lescaut
Johann STRAUSS Fledermaus
Richard STRAUSS on request
TCHAIKOVSKY on request
Un ballo in Maschera
Don Carlos
La Forza del Destino
Simon Boccanegra
La Traviata
Il Trovatore
WAGNER Der Fliegende Hollander
Tristan & Isolde
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Das Rheingold
Die Walkure
WEBER Der Freischütz

Choral repertoire (religious)
JS BACH oratorios, masses
CPE BACH oratorios, masses
BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis
Damnation of Faust
Te Deum
BRAHMS Requiem
BRITTEN War Requiem
DVORAK Requiem
Stabat Mater
149th Psalm
FAURE Requiem
GOUNOD Messe Solennelle
Messe de St Cecilia
Ave Verum
Te Deum
HAYDN Creation
JANACEK Glagolitic Mass
LISZT Masses
Lobgesang (Symphony 2)
ORFF Carmina Burana
PENDERECKI Polish Requiem
Stabat Mater
ROSSINI Stabat Mater
SCHUMANN Der Paradies und die Peri
STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms
VERDI Requiem
WEBER Masses
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You’ll never hear another performance like it.
Philharmonia/Lucerne Festival, Beethoven

The magnificent performance turned out to be even more riveting and powerful than the superb reading Rostropovich gave us last month. Flor appeared to connect with the Chicago Symphony musicians in a way that few conductors do, and the musicians responded by playing with remarkable fury and commitment.
Chicago Symphony/Ravina Festival, Shostakovich 10

A brilliant performance of Shostakovich’s 15th and final symphony…masterful.
Dallas Symphony/Shostakovich 15

The finest recorded Walpurgisnacht bar none.
Mendelssohn Walpurgisnacht/BMG (Classic CD)

Flor, who has gained a reputation for his interpretations of the German Romantic repertoire, judges almost perfectly the tone, atmosphere and spirit of the work.
Mendelssohn Walpurgisnacht/BMG (Fonoforum)

Flor’s Schubert was, in the best sense, timeless. It was both majestic and flowing, achieved a nice balance between strings and winds in the slow movement, and was agile and articulate in the finale. The orchestra played beautifully for him.
Mostly Mozart Festival, Schubert 1

Flor is a magnificent conductor. He is constantly alert to the refinement of the phrasing and to the great arcs of harmony underlying the melodies. He and the Orchestre National de France gave us a beautiful performance of Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, followed by a serene and moving account of the Overture and Good Friday music from Parsifal.
Orchestre National de France, Strauss & Wagner

He conducts these colourful, delicately orchestrated symphonies, with their varying timbres, to absolute perfection… This disc, which outshines the competition (in the shape of Sawallisch, as well of course that of Norrington and Marriner), is a "must" for anyone who loves the German Romantics.
Philharmonia, Weber Overtures/BMG (Repertoire)

Sensational…if the disc is not on the shelf, you should order it. It sounds as if it were sung in one long breath, and is dynamic, dramatic and flexible.
Philharmonia, Weber Overtures/BMG (Die Zeit)

A new Bruckner conductor for Vienna… Flor’s approach to Bruckner’s last symphony rang absolutely true. The audience was immediately gripped and moved by this performance.
Vienna Symphony, Bruckner 9

Flor’s shaping of the work was large in conception but precise in the details, brisk and exciting in the climaxes, very clear and transparent in the layers of sound. The Gürzenich’s playing was inspired, alert, relaxed.
Gürzenich Orchestra (Cologne Opera), Bruckner 1

It left a deep and lasting impression with the public…Flor gave a superb rendering of his dramatic conception and conducted with great clarity and presence… The CD recording linked to these live performances is bound to be an extraordinary treat and is to be recommended even before its release.!
Bamberg Symphony, Bruch: Moses

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