Masaki Yano <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> The only person who can decide how to make this evening is
> conductor, don't you agree?
Sorry, but I am afraid if I could not agree with his opinion. It
really depends on one's taste, but I would not be pleased with
mediocre singers and a terrible orchestra even if a conductor is
Giulini's "Falstaff" on DGG must be a good example. He finely digs
out the score and still presents a macroscopic approach. He is my
favorite "Falstaff" conductor, *yet* I am not delighted with this
recording. The Los Angeles Philharmonic rather fails to follow his
direction, and its sound has a hardness. Moreover, as far as I am
concerned, many singers on this recording are not satisfying at
all. (I like Nucci's handsome Ford, however.)
Giulini has made a magnificent "Rigoletto" on DGG. Indeed, his
conducting is terrific, *and* the singers and the orchestra are
marvelous on this set. Thus, I rather think that we need not only
a good conductor but also excellent singers and orchestras.
I, however, would agree with Masaki in some degree if we only talk
about symphonic repertories.
My 2 lire worth, anyway.
Nobuyuki Agematsu, [log in to unmask]
Teaching Aid, Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois at Chicago