>Maybe Levine took his lead from Sergiu Celibadache's performances
>with the Munich Philharonic that Levine just left (though Levine's tempos
>have often been slow, especially recently), but that orchestra could
>sustain these tempos.
Even a generation ago Levine could be very slow. A friend who frequented
the Met in New York told me then that early in one performance someone
high in the hall loudly called out TOOO0 SLOOOW to general amusement.
He agreed with the judgment though he regretted the rudeness.