Friday wrap up- Sibelius, Mahler, WSJ and Podium Sex

Busy day here at View From the Podium international headquarters. 

First, I must thank A.C. Douglas at Sounds and Fury for picking up my Mahler and Sibelius thread. Much appreciated! 

Second, I was delighted to see that the great Terry Teachout, arts critic of the Wall Street Journal, has added this page to his blogroll at About Last Night. His stuff is always wonderfully readable, but you must work your way through his incredible catalogue of YouTube clips. They’re absolutely amazing. Thanks Terry Teachout. 

Finally, the podium sex craze continues to build. Since “A View From the Podium” vaulted to first place in the Google rankings for “podium sex,” the only other music related link on the first page of results has been bumped back. As it happened, this is an article by none other than the legendary Norman Lebrecht. Please, Mr. Lebrecht, we never intended to unseat you from the throne of podium sex fame. The article in question is titled “Why Do Conductors Have Great Sex?” 

This morning, via email, reader Miles Bachman wrote to ask me if Mr. Lebrecht’s premise is correct. “Do conductors really have better sex?” asks Mr. Bachman. 

For the record, Mr. Bachman: 

Yes, we do have better sex. 

Thanks for reading. 



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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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