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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    Rodzinski was a fine musician, unfortunately, he was his own worst enemy....his frequent spats with managements, Boards of Directors, musicians, etc caused him to lose a number of important positions...he was really pretty nuts, with a volcanic temper...probably the worst tyrant of all towards musicians, even worse, perhaps, than Reiner, Szell, Stokowski, etc....
    Boris Goldovsky was his assistant for a time, and his recollections make for great reading!! to say the least...

    Rodzinski always brought a loaded revolver to every rehearsal and concert!! once, in LA, he showed up 45' late for a concert....his explanation?? he was driving to the concert hall, was about halfway there, realized he had forgotten his sidearm!! well, one couldn't possibly go to a concert unarmed, so he turned around, went home to fetch his weapon, then drove to the concert....
    he was a fine conductor, tho, and a very strong orchestra trainer/builder...
    Maybe Rodzinski was worried about recalcitrant bassoonist?

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    Adding to his growing pile of Grammy Award nominations, Met Music Director Yannick Nezet Seguin has just earned two more: Best Orchestral Performance, for his recording of Florence Price’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 with the , and Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, for his collaborative performance of Schubert’s Winterreise cycle, in which he accompanied mezzo-soprano Joyce di Donato.
    Congratulations, Maestro!

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    Carlos Kleiber: 1st, 2nd and 3rd!!

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    One Conductor I admired was Karl Munchinger. I saw him live once when he brought his Stuttgart Chamber orchestra to Leeds in the sixties. His records may not have been idiosyncratic but they showed solid musicianship and rarely disappointed. Of course I may have been somewhat biased as his Eine Kline Nachtmusic on Ace of Clubs was the first L.P. I bought. But I have recently bought his two Eloquence Classical and Baroque 8cd sets which I have really enjoyed.
    Of the usual suspects I would select Barbirolli. His annual Halle Concert I Leeds was one of the highlights of the season as was his Bradford Concerts. On his day he was exceptional although he could also be a little slow in his latter years. But certainly a favourite.

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    Karajan, Bernstein, Jochum, Abbado, Martinon, Chailly, Kubelik

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    Copper, silver, aluminum, gold, steel, and brass.

    [A half-dozen conductors with electricity]

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    Robin Ticciati /Vladimir Jurowski and Lahav Shani can be added to my list .

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    When I was a kid I told my parents I wanted to be a conductor. They put me on the roof in a thunderstorm.

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    I appreciate many conductors.

    John Barbirolli, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Berglund, Herbert von Karajan, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Bernstein, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Carlos Kleiber, Colin Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Andre Previn, Sergiu Celibidache, Otto Klemperer, Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Georg Solti...

    To name a few. It would be impossible and also irrelevant for me to try to rate them.

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    i wouldn´t want to either.

    Boulez, Davis, Haitink, Harnoncourt, Sinopoli...

    the more i think of it, this is just name dropping.

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