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Posted by richard on October 29, 2003 at 19:53:34:

In Reply to: conductors... posted by stick slave on October 29, 2003 at 13:10:34:

Just a couple of non-household names that fulfill the paradigms of this subject -

The late John Lanchbery of the Royal Ballet and the Australian Ballet. Subsumed himself by choice in the world of ballet, did a handful of film scores, and was on the short list to replace Fiedler at the Boston Pops (John Williams was chosen). He was a great conductor, a technical natural whose every move gave tempo, inflection, and style. In rehearsals, he was a wicked and witty taskmaster. You learned to be alert at all times. Those of us who worked with him some 30 or so years ago got an experience we'll never forget.

David Gilbert, under whose direction I've been playing with the Greenwich Symphony (CT) since 1976, and since 2002 with the Wagner Theatre Project in NYC. Another major talent that the "greater profession" has failed to give sufficient notice. He has tons of repertoire at his fingetips, a collegial "chamber music" approach to the working out of rehearsals, and unfailing courtesy and consideration. First rate technician, but most importantly, he draws real music from the orchestra, no cheap shots, fake emotions or gratuitous effects. He is a major favorite conductor in the NYC free-lance community.

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