Here’s a little roundup of some of the main posts under the conducting tag so far (see also Conducting from memory).
Bernstein features in several posts, notably under Mahler:
- Mahler 1 (also Tennstedt, Abbado, Mikropoulos, Barbirolli, Walter)
- Mahler 2 (also Abbado, Tennstedt, Rattle, Dudamel, Walter)
- Mahler 3 (also Abbado)
- Mahler 4 (also Mengelberg, Walter, Barbirolli, Tilson Thomas, Abbado)
- Mahler 5 (also Tennstedt, Abbado)
- Mahler 6 (also Barbirolli, Abbado)
- Mahler 7 (also Abbado, Rattle, Petrenko, Tennstedt)
- Mahler 9 (also Abbado) (and see Mahler: quintuplets, and gender, with Mahler 3)
- Mahler 10 (also Rattle, Barshai)
- See also Tom Wolfe’s virtuosic essay Radical chic.
and while we’re with Abbado, do also admire his rapport in accompanying
- Magdalena Kožená in an exquisite Mahler song,
- and Hélène Grimaud in Rachmaninoff.
The great Rozhdestvensky:
- Noddy: the art of conducting (notably the most wonderful film, which you MUST watch!!!)
This post features Mravinsky as well as Rozhdestvensky and Bernstein:
The contrasting fortunes of Fürtwangler and Schwarz under Nazism:
Pierre Monteux features under
Most magical is
- Carlos Kleiber, notably his spellbinding Brahms 2!
S-S-Simon Rattle (for this rendition of the name, constantly on the t-t-tip of my tongue, see here):
- Conducting from memory
- Mahler 2, 7, and 10 (see above)
- The Matthew Passion, staged
- Rattle’s Ravel, or Ravel’s rattle
- Messiaen’s transcendent éclairs.
- Soundscapes of Nordic noir
- La voix humaine
- Bach, Haydn, Berg, Vivier
- Mahler and Messiaen!!!
Among many others featured under the conducting tag are Boulez, Gardiner, and Salonen (and this story about the latter is one of many drôle items).
But “No [survey of the art of conducting] is Complete Without” this exhilarating clip of a Mexican school band—this conductor, Oxana Thaili, could go far… (for more, click here):
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