George Richter

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Fictitious conductor used by unscrupulous record companies to release works by other artists under false names to avoid paying royalties. His name is also sometimes given Georg Richter for a more Eastern European feeling.

His last name comes from two actual, famous conductors named Richter: Hans Richter (János Richter) (1843–1916), and Karl Richter (1926–1981).

A discography (on Discogs.com) reveals him to be a busy, widely-travelled man, conducting the Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra, Norddeutsche Philharmonie, Paris Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, The Berlin Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Di Amburgo, all in just the decade of the 1970s.

The earliest dated album he appears on (so far) is 1972.

One of the benefits of timing orchestral excerpts has been to unmask a number of apocryphal conductors- for example, George Richter, Ralph De Cross, Alfred Gerhardt - whose names have appeared in connection with a performance by another, real conductor.

- Jonathan Brown, Tristan und Isolde on Record: A Comprehensive Discography of Wagner's Music Drama with a Critical Introduction to the Recordings. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000.

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