Horst Stein, who died on Sunday 27th July 2008 in Vandœuvres, Switzerland, began work in 1952 as a conducting assistant at the Bayreuth Festival to such conductors as Joseph Keilberth, Hans Knappertsbusch, Clemens Krauss and Herbert von Karajan. From 1969 to 1986, he conducted 76 performances there, including the 1983 Bayreuth centenary production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. His recorded discography is extensive, and includes a number of classic Wagner performances on DVD, including fine versions of Meistersinger and Parsifal. He held many other appointments, including principal conducting positions with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Basel Symphony Orchestra. He was especially associated with the music of Max Reger, and recorded several Reger works.