Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "

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Rach3
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Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "

Post by Rach3 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:34 am

Bit silly , of course, and they would need to take an orchestra with them, but nonetheless some interesting reading, perhaps:

https://www.wqxr.org/story/11-conductor ... s-lifetime

mikealdren
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Re: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "

Post by mikealdren » Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:22 am

Very strange collection of conductors.....

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Re: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "

Post by maestrob » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:51 am

I note that two of the respondents chose Mahler III, a miracle of a work, but it requires 2 choruses (boys' and women's), as well as a contralto soloist. Also Wagner's Ring was chosen twice. As you said, a bit silly. Only one person mentioned the Bach B Minor Mass, which would be my choice, having performed it in Carnegie Hall.

Interesting that most of the repertoire chosen is German, rather than, say, Russian or even American. I think the more sensible question would be "What are your top 5 pieces?".

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Re: Conductor's " pieces of a lifetime "

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:13 pm

mikealdren wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:22 am
Very strange collection of conductors.....
Yes, and they are all obvious choices. You know what's hard to conduct, and I've only seen it done live once? It is the slow movement of Brahms's violin concerto.


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