Wednesday, January 11, 2006

James Levine on NPR

This is a really good piece from NPR about James Levine. It deals with his tenure in Boston (so far).

There is a fair amount of time spent on his health and his taste for new pieces. However, I would have liked to have heard something more about the Met, Europe, and elsewhere. His Bayreuth appearances are getting scarce these days, and the advent of Thielemann makes me really hope that he has a Ring or Parsifal left in him.

The pictures I've seen of him, of late, are not promising at all. He doesn't look well - even considering that he's 62. Von Karajan, Solti, Stokowski, Klemperer, and others conducted up to the bitter end. I hope that it comes at 85. Not 65.


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