Saturday, June 10, 2006

What makes a performer "Great"?

"I think that Stokowski put it best in his final interview, with DanRather. Stokowski says, "Emotion, life, or lifeless." When I listen toKarajan I am impressed with the near perfection but ultimately there isan emotional distance between him and the music. Stokowski, Furtwangler,Munch, Kubelik, Giulini, Monteux, Barbirolli, Beecham, Walter, Argerich,Milstein, Firkusny, Kovacevich, Cortot, Casals are several of the musiciansI return to often because when I lsten to their music making I hearemotion, life, personality."

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