Conductors

  • Good conductors know when to let an orchestra lead itself. Ninety percent of what a conductor does comes in the rehearsal - the vision, the structure, the architecture.


    Conductors, Musicians, Orchestras

  • I have a big problem with conductors who gesture a lot.


    Conductors

  • The great secret is that an orchestra can actually play without a conductor at all. Of course, a great conductor will have a concept and will help them play together and unify them. But there are conductors that actually inhibit the players from playing with each other properly.


    Conductors

  • Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it


    Conductors

  • Good conductors know when to let an orchestra lead itself. Ninety percent of what a conductor does comes in the rehearsal - the vision, the structure, the architecture.


    Conductors

  • Conductors make too much fuss about conductors! Humility and hard work are virtues. We're nothing without our musicians.


    Conductors

  • After I die I shall return to earth as the doorkeeper of a bordello and I won’t let one of you in.
    [to his orchestra]


    Conductors

  • On matters of intonation and technicalities, I am more than a martinet -I am martinetissimo.


    Conductors

  • Leonard Bernstein has been disclosing musical secrets that have been known for over four hundred years.


    Conductors

  • I would like to thank Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Strauss, Rimsky Korsakov.
    [Oscar acceptance speech for the score of ‘High and Mighty’]


    Conductors

  • You are there and I am here but where is Beethoven?
    [to his conductor at a rehearsal]


    Conductors

  • If anyone has conducted a Beethoven performance and then doesn’t have to go to an osteopath, then there is something wrong.


    Conductors

  • Why do we have all these third rate foreign conductors around when we have so many second rate ones of our own?


    Conductors

  • I’ve conducted more orchestras than you can shake a stick at.


    Conductors