BAS Message
May 2019

1. I am a fan of the art of conducting and great conductors. Something is lost with today’s note-perfect bland performances. An example from the past is Willem Mengelberg who conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam for 50 years. His use of rubato (agogics) is unique and sometimes jaw-dropping. Here is an historic example from Tahra Records TAH 391, last mvt Beethoven 3rd, live from 1942,: There is a new biography by Frits Zwart (The last one was in 1930!). For more info:

An enormous collection of such CDs for sale is at Norbeck, Peters & Ford,

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updated 5/23/19