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    Lightbulb Conductor-Composer fanaticism

    To be sure, there are examples of conductors who champion certain composers.

    Then, there are those who take it to another level--

    Here's my first example: Bruno Walter, on Wagner- after hearing Tristan und Isolde:

    Never before had my soul been so deluged with floods of sound and passion, never had my heart been so consumed by such yearning and supreme bliss, never had I been transported from reality by such heavenly glory... when I awoke on the following morning, I knew my life was changed. A new epoch had begun: Wagner was my god, and I wanted to become his prophet.
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    Pass the sick bucket

    Any more? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Seraglio View Post
    Any more?
    Sure!

    Here's Klaus Tennstedt, on Mahler:

    For a conductor, the relationship to Mahler must be the best. We will always have to conduct music by composers we're not so keen on- you may like Grieg or Tchaikovsky, or Saint-Saëns, or whoever- but for one composer this will not do. It will not do for Mahler. One must believe in Mahler, wholeheartedly proclaim one's allegiance, to be able to interpret him.

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    I dont have the Quotations but I was introduced to a favourite composer of mine through Sir Thomas Beecham. I guess he did champion Delius since most of his works aired on radio were conducted by him. I have heard Sir John Barbirolli since but Beecham remains my favourite for Delius

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