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Re: Rattle again!
Posted by Geoff Diggines on August 30, 2018, 8:31 am, in reply to "Re: Rattle again!
I agree with most of Colin Mackie's perceptions, although I am more critical than him re Rattle. Also I think he underrates the importance of conductorial technique - possibly a lost art? I have watched film of 'great' conductors like; Monteux, Toscanini, Reiner, and Boult, to name a few. There is a wonderful old film of Talich conducting the Czech Philharmonic in a Dvorak tone poem: his baton technique was most expressive; his right hand (with baton) contoured the line, the basic shape of the music, rhythm and harmonic shifts and contrasts, while the left hand indicated the articulation of transitions, and detailed dynamic inflections. Overall, with all the conductors mentioned, there was so much clarity and economy(especially Toscanini) that it would be clear what they were conducting with the sound off. Toscanini once called De Sabata 'Pagliacci'for his over-done conducting gestures - I shudder to think what he would have called Rattle's rostrum antics. Orchestral players work hard, and do not earn fortunes, they appreciate a clear, nuanced baton technique. It is a pity that they have to endure the likes of Rattle with his rostrum antics and grotesque facial grimaces, someone who gets a far higher salary than they. Little wonder that they do not look at him much in performance.
- Rattle again! - Geoff Diggines August 27, 2018, 11:46 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Ford August 28, 2018, 2:53 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Colin Mackie August 28, 2018, 5:30 pm
- Re: Rattle again! - Geoff Diggines August 30, 2018, 8:31 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Dieter Barkhoff August 30, 2018, 8:54 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Marc September 4, 2018, 8:28 am
- Re: Rattle again! - Dieter Barkhoff November 1, 2018, 2:50 am
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