Harold Farberman, adieu Maestro!

Harold Farberman, adieu Maestro!

It took me quite a bit of time to write this post: I learnt of Maestro Farberman passing before it became public knowledge but I was pleased to see it got some decent coverage on the internet. Maestro Farberman could be a dividing personality and quite naturally the...
Music and artists in the new witch hunt era

Music and artists in the new witch hunt era

The Weinstein case generated a snowball effect: no, I’m not talking about the lawsuits or the #metoo stories. I’m talking about the side effect on the art world: the American version of “House of cards” got shut down, with people cheering to...
I hate Boulez. Long live Boulez.

I hate Boulez. Long live Boulez.

Letter to an audience member   Ye, I don’t really hate anybody. What I really dislike is what the avantgarde created. I do blame Boulez and his blind followers for wanting to have a clean slate with the past, not considering that without it they would not...
What is the purpose of a conductor?

What is the purpose of a conductor?

What is a conductor supposed to do (and not to do)   Well, last month I spent a week teaching at the Bard Conductors Institute. It was absolutely fantastic, as it always is when I go back to that special place. And, as usual, when you teach you learn – a...

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