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Re: Harbert von Karajan: Maestro for the Screen (Ian Lace review)
There is a legacy of the British musical establishment urging great non-Brit conductors to play English music. In the mid-30's Toscanini, when he was conducting a series of concerts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was shown the score of Elgar's Falstaff with a view to him conducting it, but nothing came of it. Bruno Walter recounts in his autobiography how he was persuaded to conduct Elgar's 2nd Symphony, but really felt no empathy with the music. Klemperer shunned playing the Enigma Variations in the early 50's. The BBC even asked Boulez to conduct some Vaughan Williams; a bit like asking Amy Winehouse to sing in a Bach Cantata!
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