New Yorker Conducting Piece

For all you conducting dorks out there- 

The New Yorker has a piece this week by Justin Davidson on the art of conducting. As an added bonus, they’ve posted a very good video piece to accompany it. Those of you who know the “Art of Conducting” films well will recognize a number of the clips, but the commentary is a nice addition. Especially good is the slow-motion of Karajan doing Heldenleben. 

Speaking of the New Yorker, a thank you is in order to Alex Ross, classical critic of the New Yorker, for adding a link to this page from his blog The Rest is Noise. Alex was Gramophone’s first classical blogger of the month. 

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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