Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Magic Maestro

What makes a great conductor? To find out, I talked to someone I think is one. And rounded up some of the likely lads to watch in future. It's my July/August music column in Standpoint. Left: my mysterious great maestro: Gabor Takacs-Nagy.

In the same issue Norman Lebrecht takes a long look at what's happening to orchestras around the world. And - despite having spent so much time in the past telling us that classical music is dying - he reaches the determined conclusion that it won't and can't. You can't keep a good orchestra down, he says, and today we need them more than ever.

Here is Gabor in Verbier, conducting the Verbier Chamber Orchestra with Martha Argerich in the last movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.2. Gabor in our interview said something similar to Martha when I talked to her a few months ago. To paraphrase them both, the key to great musicianship lies in the imagination. You can't create something unless you can first imagine it. See this and feel the energy...