Issay Dobrowen (1891–1953)
Issay Dobrowen (1891–1953) was a Russian-born conductor, born Itschok Zorachovitch Barabeitchik.
As a young man, he played Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata to Lenin, whose favorite piece of music this was. He left the Soviet Union in 1923, becoming a Norwegian citizen in 1929.
He conducted orchestras in Oslo, Budapest, San Francisco, and Gothenburg, as well as making a number of outstanding recordings, mostly for HMV after the Second World War, including the first LP version of "Boris Godunov".