Today's Classical Music Video

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Monteux Conducts Stravinsky

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This is a valuable piece of video for anyone interested in knowing how Stravinsky's Petrouchka should be played. Pierre Monteux (1875-1964) conducted the first performance in 1910 and here he is years later leading the Boston Symphony. Of course, there are audio recordings of the composer conducting this music but Monteux was a far better conductor. Any young conductor thinking of programming this music should carefully study the score and the Monteux video. Monteux doesn't appear to be doing much but he presides over everything with such authority the orchestra knows exactly what he wants and equally important, each player feels inspired to get of his or her very best.  

Paul E. Robinson


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