conductors

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Classic case of poaching talent
The greatest rivalries are frequently between people who were once close colleagues and may even have grown up together. Think of Cain and Abel, Lenin and Trotsky, Blair and Brown, Lennon and McCartney. Now the classical music business is enthralled
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The Dudamel Effect
Even before Gustavo Dudamel was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in April 2007, an image of the young, charismatic conductor had begun to appear before the public, heralded by buzz about the flamboyant new maestro.
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Meet Conducting Whiz-kid Alex Prior
Smarting from his rejection by British orchestras, the conductor Alex Prior went off to conduct the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in January, having beaten 180 applicants for the post. Nothing too remarkable about that until you realise he is 17 and
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London Symphony Orchestra, Ticciati, Barbican Hall
It’s a very assured – not to say very brave – young conductor who chooses to make his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius’ notoriously challenging Seventh Symphony. Mighty talents have fallen at this particular fence, defeated by
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Simon Rattle Is Fed Up With Britain
Simon Rattle is coming home to Birmingham for a rare working visit — but he holds few hopes for his native landSo you think the mood in Britain is gloomy? The view from Berlin looks even more apocalyptic, it seems.
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Bernstein on the Mystery Behind the Music
Imagine this: you drop onto the sofa on a Sunday afternoon, switch on the TV and see a dapper young man with a baton standing before an orchestra and demonstrating the patterns conductors use to lead music in different meters
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A Conductor’s Chanel Sword
It is not quite as baroque as the passionate music for which the conductor William Christie is famous. But the sword created by Chanel Fine Jewelry to mark the American-born musician’s entry into the Académie des Beaux-Arts — the highest
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Where Are All The Women Conductors?
A female conductor is still seen as such a novelty in the UK, yet one of our most internationally acclaimed maestros is a woman. Julia Jones rightly upbraided me when I interviewed her for tomorrow’s Music Matters on Radio 3.
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