Music with Michael Lankester PM In Person

‘All manner of singular body movements… As a sforzando occurred he tore his arms, previously crossed upon his breast, with great vehemence asunder. At the piano he crouched lower and lower to show the degree of softness. If a crescendo entered he gradually rose again and at a forte jumped into the air.’ ~ On Beethoven conducting by Ludwig Spohr

‘The art of conducting consists in knowing when to stop conducting and just let the orchestra play.’ ~ Herbert von Karajan

‘Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.’ ~ Leonard Bernstein

Over the years I have often been asked if I would consider a series on the subject of conductors and conducting. I have hesitated in the past because I thought that simply comparing and contrasting different conductor’s interpretations of the same music would be insufficiently interesting and perhaps not even discernible, given the infinite subtleties involved. But now, I think I know how to do it. From Guido of Arrezo to Carlo Maria Giulini, Mozart to Mengelberg, Bach to Bernstein, and so many more, I shall attempt to examine the very nature of conducting, the technique, the personalities involved, the specialists, the pitfalls, and the towering performances that continue to resonate to the present day. ~ Michael Lankester


Feb 03 2022


8:00 am - 6:00 pm




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