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Subject: Re: AAP reports restoration soon Met says of Levine broadcasts to Sirius
From: DK Conn <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:DK Conn <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 15 May 2018 08:48:14 -0400

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My own limited experience:  I have heard Barenboim conduct several times,
but in a complete Wagner opera just twice--Das Rheingold and Parsifal.  Both
times with his home orchestra, the Berlin Staatskapelle, and both times the
orchestral playing was absolutely glorious, perhaps most so in Das
Rheingold--astonishing given the conditions under which the Staatskapelle
played, in a packed RAH on what was the hottest day of a record-breaking hot
summer in London.  Their playing of Das Rheingold provided the most
visceral, intense experience I've had with this opera.  Barenboim's tempi
were (typically) not fast, but there was never loss of forward momentum and
always a feeling that the orchestra was totally alert to the music and
drama.  The pin-drop silence in the audience (~6000 strong!) for Das
Rheingold was telling.

On Mon, 14 May 2018 18:12:06 -0400, John Hebel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>At least spell his name correctly: Thielemann.
>I suppose Karajan was a sweetie.
>Barenboim is a genius, especially in Wagner.   I thought a recent Lohengrin
>was revelatory.
>On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 5:54 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Tom
>> There are numerous articles on Google and other sites, from newspapers
>> as reputable as "The Guardian", that do chapter and verse of his "right-
>> wing"
>> politics, and his insistence on total control of personnel decisions, some
>> of which have been seen as anti-semitic. He has had very troubled
>> relationships with Munich, Berlin and other symphonic and operatic
>> managements, and at least one has cancelled his contract before its end
>> over personality issues (defined as ultra conservative political views that
>> have been manifested in various ways during his tenures).
>> I do not know how true thes stories are, but they seem to be broadly
>> supported by large numbers in the music community.
>> I hear his music making as quite extraordinary, but make no excuses for
>> his political views. They can be conflated, but I don't know enough to do
>> that yet. He is a great conductor; he may be much less as a man!
>> Bob
>> On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 16:03 tom ponti <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > In what way is Theilmann a "Hitler" of the podium? Using the H name can
>> be
>> > troublesome, especially when describing someone.
>> >
>> >
>> > ________________________________
>> > From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]
>> >
>> > on behalf of Don <[log in to unmask]>
>> > Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 3:48 PM
>> > To: [log in to unmask]
>> > Subject: Re: [OPERA-L] AAP reports restoration soon Met says of Levine
>> > broadcasts to Sirius
>> >
>> > Sorry but I think Barenboim is a hack and while I like Theilmann's
>> > performances, he's the Hitler of the podium
>> > DonD
>> >
>> > On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 12:23 PM Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > > That makes two of us!
>> > >
>> > > Bob
>> > >
>> > > On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 14:19 David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > >
>> > > > What has been interesting to me is to hear other conductors' Wagner
>> > > > performances, notably Barenboim and Thielemann, who in my view
>> achieve
>> > a
>> > > > profundity of music-making that was always beyond Levine's grasp with
>> > the
>> > > > virtuoso orchestra he created.
>> > > >
>> > > > David Kubiak

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