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Subject: Re: Levine returns to the Sirius airwaves (sattelite beams?)
From: don warner saklad <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:don warner saklad <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:27:59 -0500

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What corrections did conductor/pianist Levine find and make on composers'

On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 1:51 PM, David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> My thought on this issue is a little different. No one can deny Levine's
> making the Met orchestra into a virtuoso instrument when at times in the
> past it could sound like a pick-up band.  I was never a fan of his
> conducting, however, finding him incapable of real profundity (of the type
> Thielemann brought to 'Frau') in any repertoire.  At one point I thought I
> had it figured out -- in whatever tempo he was playing his eighth notes
> were
> always too short in relation to everything else.
> During Levine's Sirius absence it often occurred to me that it was
> unfortunate that he hogged so much of the repertoire for so long.  There
> was
> a '71 'Tristan' with Leinsdorf recently that was really splendid.  (And so,
> by the way, was Nilsson.  It might have been the best 'Liebestod' I have
> ever heard her sing.  And by the next year, as evidenced in a 'Walk├╝re'
> broadcast not long ago, the strident tone was setting in.)
> I understand that there were issues with conductors demanding amounts of
> rehearsal time the Met could not manage contractually, but I have rather
> enjoyed listening to other people over the last months.
> David Kubiak

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