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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000161.txt from 2002/02

From: alevin@-----. Levin)
Subj: Re: [kl] Solti and Barenboim
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 15:16:55 -0500

I'm fascinated with this thread. All of us have opinions of
conductors; but darned few of us have the background to render significant
opinions, as do the two of you.

I respect Barenboim (and respected Solti) because each is/was
actually doing conducting and neither has done anything, musically that
turned my stomach. I will say that I attended a Robin Hood Dell Concert in
the early 70's (old Dell) at which Barenboim made his Philadelphia
conducting debut. About 30 minutes before the concert I found him in the
back of the shell practicing every cue and gesture. At the time I didn't
realize that he intended to change careers. I remember nothing else about
the concert; so he must not have been fabulous or miserable.

At 02:24 PM 2/8/02 -0600, you wrote:


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