For me, nobody could match Willy Boskovsky. Modest, charming, simply oozing pleasure in his work, Boskovsky did it the "old-fashioned" way. Standing but not conducting, he merely touched the tiller with his bow to steer his VPO colleagues through tempo changes, and otherwise trusted implicitly that, to a man, they needed nothing more, because they had this music in their very blood.
I sometimes wonder: is this last still true of today's VPO? If so, what do they make of all these guest conductors (particularly the latest!), each trying to "interpret" the music in his own way?
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