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    What do you think about James Conlon? I don't like him, because he does a lot of unnecessary movements...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackRance View Post
    What do you think about James Conlon? I don't like him, because he does a lot of unnecessary movements...
    I've heard some very good things from him...some Wagner, Shostakovich, and one of the best Mahler 9s I've ever heard with Chicago...i wish one of the US major orchestras would appoint him as music director....see what he can do over a few years at the helm..

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    I can't comment on his conducting idiosyncrasies but as he is a champion of Alexander Zemlinsky's work he will always have an admirer in me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackRance View Post
    What do you think about James Conlon? I don't like him, because he does a lot of unnecessary movements...
    That's rather an odd reason for disliking a conductor, isn't the musical results what counts, not how they move? You can always close your eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    That's rather an odd reason for disliking a conductor, isn't the musical results what counts, not how they move? You can always close your eyes.
    You're right

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    I can't comment on his conducting idiosyncrasies but as he is a champion of Alexander Zemlinsky's work he will always have an admirer in me.
    He's done some pretty decent Martinů as well.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    I've heard some very good things from him...some Wagner, Shostakovich, and one of the best Mahler 9s I've ever heard with Chicago...i wish one of the US major orchestras would appoint him as music director....see what he can do over a few years at the helm..
    Heard him in Aspen and Chicago. He absolutely deserves a major post

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    I have his Zemlinsky orchestral CDs. The symphonies didn't do much for me but I enjoy the other works.
    "In the beginning there was noise. And the noise begat rhythm. And the rhythm begat everything else." - Mickey Hart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Heard him in Aspen and Chicago. He absolutely deserves a major post
    He recently renewed his contract with the Los Angeles Opera through 2025. In 2020 he was appointed as artistic advisor for the Baltimore Symphony whilst also being the principal conductor for the Italian RAI (radio) National Symphony Orchestra so that should all keep him quite busy.

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    He often gets good press but I haven't heard many recordings of his apart from a performance of the New World back on the Erato label which I recall was fairly good (but it's been a long time since I heard it).
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    The symphonies are solid but too Brahmsian to reveal any real individuality. Thankfully he got them out the way so the real goodies could emerge later.
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    I've been to the LA Opera several times when Conlon is in the pit - extremely fine Zemlinsky "The Drawf" and fantastic Rosenkavalier. Excellent musician and conductor who for some reason hasn't risen to the top. Maybe he doesn't want to. He reminds me of Erich Leinsdorf in a way: fine opera conductor, but maybe not so much on the concert stage. And more concerned about playing what the composer wrote that inserting himself into the music. Excellent Liszt Faust Symphony on Erato,btw.
    "It is surprising how easily one can become used to bad music" - F. Mendelssohn

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    I've been to the LA Opera several times when Conlon is in the pit - extremely fine Zemlinsky "The Drawf" and fantastic Rosenkavalier. Excellent musician and conductor who for some reason hasn't risen to the top. Maybe he doesn't want to. He reminds me of Erich Leinsdorf in a way: fine opera conductor, but maybe not so much on the concert stage. And more concerned about playing what the composer wrote that inserting himself into the music. Excellent Liszt Faust Symphony on Erato,btw.
    If he wasn’t American, he probably would have fared better in this country

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    What's a drawf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackRance View Post
    What do you think about James Conlon? I don't like him, because he does a lot of unnecessary movements...
    You should watch Gergiev with his stupid moving.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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