1. I am a fan of the art of conducting and
great conductors. Something is lost with todays note-perfect
bland performances. An example from the past is Willem Mengelberg
who conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam for 50
years. His use of rubato (agogics) is unique and sometimes jaw-dropping.
Here is an historic example from Tahra Records TAH 391, last
mvt Beethoven 3rd, live from 1942,: dbsystemsaudio.com/meng.mp3.
There is a new biography by Frits Zwart (The last one was in
1930!). For more info: www.willemmengelberg.nl/?q=discografie
An enormous collection of such CDs for sale
is at Norbeck, Peters & Ford, norpete.com.
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