Walter Meyer wrote:
>This has fascinated me. Apparently the best conductors can get superb
>performances from otherwise obscure orchestras and, conversely, an
>orchestra of international reputation can fall flat from poor conducting.
If you watch the film "The Gift of Music - An Intimate Portrait of
Leonard Bernstein" (DG 440 073 200-3) you will see Lenny giving lessons on
conducting. There is an amazing moment of the film, when a young conductor
raises his baton and then... you can hardly recognize the first bars of
Beethoven's 8th symphony. Then Lenny stops the orchestra and gives him
[the young conductor - who is him?] some instructions. And when he starts
again there is a new and beautiful sound coming from the orchestra -
Beethoven's 8th is easily recognized now! A real miracle!