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Greatest Conductor of All-Time?

Post by keaggy220 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:10 pm

:lol:

Carefully watch the Conductor through this 2 minutes clip. The symphony plays splendidly so I think this guy is serious - which makes it funnier...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1d6QwaZXvY

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Post by some guy » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:23 pm

Nice coat, though.

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Post by ch1525 » Sun Feb 17, 2008 10:28 pm

Wow, move over Valery Gergiev!!! Take a seat Esa-Peka! The greatest conductor ever is right!!!!!

My favorite is at 1:06 when he attacks the concertmaster!

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Post by CharmNewton » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:21 pm

I think he is serious, but he sets a tempo which is faster (the marking for the Finale is Allegro con fuoco so it should be passionate) than some of the orchestra members can play. Lots of wrong notes. They kept up with him though, so my hats are off to the players.

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Post by Harold Tucker » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:32 pm

What's the problem? He never once steps on the flowers.

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Post by CharmNewton » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:53 pm

If he were conducting the Chicago Symphony, that coda would bring the house down. I believe they are still looking for a Music Director. :)

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Post by nadej_baptiste » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:28 am

Ah.

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Post by Ralph » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:29 am

I saw him conduct the Hackensack Volunteer Fire Department Philharmonic Orchestra last summer in Mahler's 9th and if you think he was lively with Tschaikovsky...
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Post by PGS » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:17 am

I think he used Viagra for the wrong reason... :lol:
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Post by Seán » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:42 pm

I think that he is trying to lay an egg or maybe it's just wind. :wink:
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Post by MaestroDJS » Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:26 pm

CharmNewton wrote:If he were conducting the Chicago Symphony, that coda would bring the house down. I believe they are still looking for a Music Director. :)
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Will he shred his own jacket? Will he dislocate his shoulders? At about 1:05 he seems to challenge the concertmaster to a duel, but lets him off with only a warning. At the end, he almost conducts the applause too.
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Post by karlhenning » Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:42 pm

Oof! Not yet another "Greatest Whatever of All-Time" thread!

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Post by MaestroDJS » Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:54 pm

MaestroDJS wrote:Maestro Misha Katz has combined his obvious musical talents with the marketing savvy that bloody brawls sell tickets at hockey games.
Uh-oh! Misha Katz has some serious competition from Gustavo Dudamel. Looks like it will be a fight to the death.

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Post by nadej_baptiste » Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:12 pm

This is all reminding me of Peter Schickele's "commentary" for the first movement of Beethoven's 5th...(the whole "vs.", battle, hockey, etc thing). I think the winner in this video is obvious.
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Re: Greatest Conductor of All-Time?

Post by Brahms » Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:59 pm

keaggy220 wrote::lol:

Carefully watch the Conductor through this 2 minutes clip. The symphony plays splendidly so I think this guy is serious - which makes it funnier...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1d6QwaZXvY
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Post by Jack Kelso » Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:16 am

karlhenning wrote:Oof! Not yet another "Greatest Whatever of All-Time" thread!

Cheers,
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I agree with you, Karl (again!?). How can there be such a creature when no SINGLE maestro has EVER been the perfect choice for every composer, musical era, style or form?

If you take Haydn, for example, his finest interpreters (Mogens Wöldike, Sir Thomas Beecham, Karl Münchinger, etc.) have never been renowned for the 19th-century German Romantic repertoire; on the other hand, Lorin Maazel is a real wizard with Tschaikowsky, R. Strauss and Mahler---but I wouldn't walk across the street to hear his Bach orchestral suites! (He got "panned" for them :) ).

Perhaps a more "answerable" question would be: "Who is the greatest (if that indeed can objectively be measured!) conductor of Liszt's tone poems? Or of Baroque opera? Or Henze's symphonies (Henze himself)? The farther a question can be scaled down the more accurately one can do analysis.

Most wise conductors don't even attempt to record just everything. Even Karajan didn't try the unknown Romantics (Volkmann, Gade, Goldmark, Raff, Draeseke, etc.). However, in this case, I believe he would have done a remarkable job....there was really no competition or basis of comparison.

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