Change of program: LUCERNE FESTIVAL hereby announces that on 8 August as well as on 10 and 11 August, Claudio Abbado will conduct Beethoven’s Incidental music to “Egmont” and Mozart’s Requiem. For artistic reasons, this program replaces the originally scheduled Eighth Symphony by Gustav Mahler.
It was Ray Edwards – at the time buyer for Tower Records’ legendary, late, lamented classical department on West 4th and Broadway – that recommended I check out the recordings of British-born, Russian-raised conductor Albert Coates (I believe we’d been talking about the ever-popular “Toscanini vs. Furtwängler” debate and my having come down decidedly on the side of Willem Mengelberg).
Here is one of my favorite violinists, woefully underrecorded as a soloist, playing the finale of the BeethovenViolin Concerto, Op.61 with a student orchestra, who rise to the occasion quite well. You guessed it: name the soloist.
The answer will be posted on July 10 at 1500 EST.
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