Saturday, August 18, 2012
Would You Buy A Used Car From This Man?
Robert Spano, current conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, modeling an ensemble—and shoes—picked from the remainder bin at K Mart.
There are many, many reasons why Spano’s career has not worked out—although his Telarc recording of Berlioz’s Requiem is one of the greatest party records ever made, with more laughs-per-minute than any episode of “Frasier”.
My father, a brilliant man who always moves straight to the essence of a matter, says that Spano lacks the one quality without which a conductor simply cannot move either musicians or audiences:
“He lacks the nobility factor.”