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    Default Recordings of conductors with lively tempi

    After hearing the Liensdorf Walkure and finding it refreshing that it had a great pace to the music I've been looking around for other recordings that are a bit more on the lively side. I have the Rene Jacobs Zauberflöte and love the different tempi used. What other conductors do you think have a lively baton (where appropriate of course.)?

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    Most of Toscanini's recordings feature the lively baton...& he had a famously fiery temperament, to-boot!

    Interesting bits n bobs about him, here

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    Generally fast and lively : Szell
    Often fast and lively: Munch
    Always lively, not always fast: Bernstein

    I don't have enough of a base of recordings for modern conductors to say, though in the HIP arena there seem to be a lot of fast and lively conductors.

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    I think Gardiner is fast.
    He's not to my taste, but he is fast.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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    Gardiner is indeed fast -i have his Mozart Da Ponte trio and his Don Giovanni -WOW those recitatives really fly....

    Daniel Harding i find a little fast too.

    Sometime i think fast makes sense - as in Gardiners Don Giovanni, i can understand. Some conductors go quite slow like Sebastian Weigle in the new Frankfurt Ring release.

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    (( This thread seems to partly involve purely orchestral performances too - some more:

    - Scherchen (Eroica, Pastorale, Tchaikovsky 2nd Cto, for instance),
    - Beecham (Beethoven, for instance),
    - Paray (Schumann, Beethoven symphonies, for instance),
    - early Klemperer in general
    - early Bernstein in general
    - early Walter in general )).
    Last edited by joen_cph; Sep-15-2013 at 09:52.

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    Bohm's Ring cycle goes fast, so fast that he must have taxed the singers to keep up with the careening tempo.
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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