Kevin Sutton replies to me:
>>Furthermore, there aren't that many conductors today worth recording
>>in the standard rep. ... Does anybody look forward to Spano's
>>Brahms cycle, as good a conductor as he is, when you can get Furtwaengler,
>>Szell, Celibidache, Giulini, Horenstein, Markevitch, Kubelik, Stokowski,
>>Toscanini, and Walter?
>The world of recordings and their easy availability has made for somewhat
>of a museum mentality I think. We needs must remember that all the old
>geezers in the above paragraph were once young, untried and inexperienced.
>I think it's a bit wrong to simply dismiss younger artists as invalid
>or incapable before they have had the advantage of the kind of maturity
>that we know in the conductors mentioned above.
I don't dismiss them. But I do distinguish between recordings and
concerts. I'm not saying, "Don't let Spano do Brahms." I'm asking whether
he has the seasoning to make a Spano Brahms cycle worth recording -- at
On the other hand, Spano's in his -- what? -- fifties, or thereabouts.
The so-called Young Turks are gettin' long in the tooth, and they're
still not worth recording in classic repertoire, especially when -- like
it or not -- they *are* competing with the past. That doesn't mean that
they're not worth recording in other repertoire. I don't believe Ansermet
did particular well with Beethoven, but he was fine with the French.
Spano has made some wonderful recordings. They just haven't been of
the central European standard rep.