When anyone asks me if I’ve gotten a
hit this year, and I reply "Yes, with the world-renowned conductor,"
I get blank stares. I mean very blank stares. Blank stares from people who
actually listen to classical music. Who actually go to the opera. Who
should know better.
And I got a solo. Which is
pretty shameful, considering that news of his cancellation of performances,
early retirement due to illness, whole seasons shut down, was pretty regular
over the last few years. I noticed it all. Why didn’t anyone
I will say that the maestro was not
the very model of a modern, media-obsessed conductor. He was after a low
profile, often comparing himself to the well-known conductor Hans
Knappertsbusch, who refused to take curtain calls. He wasn’t quite that
bad, but it did embarrass him to take a bow. He didn’t think of
himself as a showman. A full-page obituary, three columns wide, disputes that.
I get my usual 5 and 5. Total: 10.