Maestros at the Met

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Monday, October 25, 2010

As part of our series Operatic October, Symphony Hall this week considers the work and style of the conductors at the Metropolitan Opera this season. They include James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, William Christie, and John Adams.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

MAESTRO JAMES LEVINE has proven a master of all periods of opera, symphony and chamber music in the major venues of those respective formats. Many years ago, late 1960s and early 1970s when I studied with Maestro Fausto Cleva at his residence in the Ansonia Hotel, he told me of his training conductors among them Maestro Levine.
Without a doubt one learns by doing and Maestro Levine has proven that truism. What's more, Levine has constantly brought forth more and more of the essence of each work and much that we felt was merely subliminal he has made "abundantly clear." The prime function of every interpreter is to bring to focus the intent of the composer and to make it enjoyable at the same time. That Maestro Levine has achieved that Quest is in the hearing. "Sounds GREAT."

Oct. 25 2010 05:38 PM

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