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Subject: Re: Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on June 5-Michael Tilson Thomas replaces Levine
From: RONALD MAGNUSON <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:RONALD MAGNUSON <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:58:34 -0500
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I have nothing further to add other than that I enjoy reading these informed, insightful remarks about conductors, their approach, and the results that they produce.  I read relatively little about these people who have arguably the most significant impact on musical performances.


> On January 12, 2018 at 11:37 AM Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 
> 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
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> > 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
> > 
> > SO had a ongoing engagement to appear there in the Great Woods
> > 
> > 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
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> >> 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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