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Subject: Re: Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on June 5-Michael Tilson Thomas replaces Levine
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Date:Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:40:30 -0500
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I had the privilege of singing in the chorus in Cincinnati doing the Mahler Symphony of a Thousand back in the 80's with MTT conducting. He was a delight to work with and it was a glorious event. 
From: Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on June 5-Michael Tilson Thomas replaces Levine

He has had a way of getting orchestras to play - whether it’s SF Symphony, LA Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonia - such that you hear a fully coherent sound but, within that, you hear the individual strands of the music with extraordinary clarity. I find this particularly effective in works with complex textures like Mahler, Stravinsky and Debussy, but everything I’ve heard him conduct sounds clean, clear, refreshed and enlivened.

He clearly also knows how to work well with voices.

Max Paley

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> On Jan 12, 2018, at 20:28, ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> I also attended the Cunning Little Vixen at NYCO and I marveled 
> 
> at how the orchestra sounded so much better than usual under
> 
> MTT's baton.  It was like they had hired a different orchestra for that
> 
> opera.  But I also want to mention that years ago while working
> 
> for Boston Ballet in the summertime in the area near Mansfield, MA
> 
> I was able to walk into a rehearsal for Boheme Act 2.  The Pittsburgh
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> SO had a ongoing engagement to appear there in the Great Woods
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> Festival,  I believe it was called.  The Boheme had Hadley, Alexander,
> 
> Daniels, Stilwell, Plishka, and Tajo.  I think I have the cast correctly.
> 
> I loved seating so closely to the orchestra and singers, practically in
> 
> the front row and MTT was excellent.  Afterwards I joined the orchestra
> 
> for coffee and donuts. A fun time.
> 
> 
> 
> Angelo from Boston
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> 
> 
> 
>> On January 12, 2018 at 10:33 AM Maxwell Paley wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> MTT is an interesting name to bring up here. I’ve always wondered why his operatic career was so limited.
>> 
>> He has been a favorite of mine since those early BSO recordings. I was thrilled when he was given his post with the San Francisco Symphony.
>> 
>> Aside from a Budapest studio “Tosca” in the late 80s with Marton, Carreras and Pons, not much on records. But he did a knockout semi-staged “Flying Dutchman” with the SFSO in 2003 and really impressive semi-staged productions of “Peter Grimes” and “Fidelio” (always with top class casts) but always in Davies Symphony Hall, never across the street in the opera house. The only times I heard him in the War Memorial Opera House were his early guest appearances with the SF Symphony before Davies was built.
>> 
>> I always wondered if he just wasn’t suited to the opera house routine with extended rehearsals and no control over the production and stage direction.
>> 
>> As far as anybody else being the victim of unsubstantiated rumors, I’d mention Herbert von Karajan.
>> 
>> Max Paley
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>> On Jan 12, 2018, at 18:50, Marc Shepherd wrote:
>>> 
>>> Offhand, I cannot think of another classical music figure who is the
>>> subject of more unsubstantiated rumors than James Levine.
>>> 
>>> That said...as artistic director of the Met, it was *of course* a part of
>>> his job to help decide which artists should appear there. Whether he
>>> actually *“banned”* artists like Michael Tilson Thomas, who deserved and
>>> would have liked to come, is a whole other question.
>>>> 
>>>> On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 9:45 PM, Max D. Winter wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Donald Collup wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> "For years, JL forbade many conductors from appearing at the Met."
>>>> 
>>>> Just curious - who were some of those banned conductors, and where does
>>>> this information
>>>> come from? Source?
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> -- 
>>> Marc Shepherd
>>> New York, NY
>>> 
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