Archive for the ‘Conductors’ Category

2 Mahler 2s

December 9, 2008

I was driving to work yesterday morning when I heard the amateur conductor Gilbert Kaplan interviewed on the BBC before his debut last night conducting Mahler’s Resurrection symphony with the New York Philharmonic. Some of the flavor of that interview comes through a New York Times article yesterday as well. (more…)


Xmas Xrap

December 6, 2008

December is not, for most orchestra musicians, the most wonderful time of the year. For many of us, December involves a kind of musical Groundhog Day – endless performances of Nutcracker or Hansel and Gretel – for the lucky ones, and a Purgatory of bad arrangements of Christmas carols and holiday dreck for everyone else. (more…)

Abu Bratsche’s Podium Nightmares – Christmas Pops edition

December 20, 2007

Memo to young conductors:

If the orchestra isn’t together, it’s YOUR FAULT. Leave the lovely gestures at home until you can get the orchestra through a couple of tempo transitions in one piece.

What do they teach in conducting school these days?

Why can’t conductors conduct?

December 14, 2007

My orchestra recently did a holiday concert in a neighboring community.
Such concerts aren’t one of the joys of orchestra life, and I’m a long
way from being in the Christmas spirit this year anyway. But this one
was made far worse by the fact that the conductor simply wasn’t up to
the job. So how does a full-time professional American orchestra end up
with a guest conductor who can’t conduct? We don’t hire violinists who
can’t play.