Quotes on dating a musician
Great musicians have a bad habit of dying at the same moment as some other, even bigger name who steals their departing thunder.
Prokofiev went on the same day as Stalin, Solti in the same week as Diana, Princess of Wales.
When I saw him on the eve of a conducting trip to America that was rumoured to be his last, he dismissed the rumours as unfounded.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...
And among the other rising/risen stars – Edward Gardner, Ryan Wigglesworth, Robin Ticciati, Nicholas Collon et al – there are no obvious candidates for tyranny.
Ticciati in particular was a Colin Davis discovery, at the tender age of 15; and although he has never to my knowledge had formal conducting lessons, the link to Davis is discernible. Young conductors can statistically look forward to a long performing life: it is a career in which age, experience and wisdom count as assets not as liabilities.
Lousy timing for a man who was, in most respects, a master of that art.“What players want,” he claimed, “is to feel they can play well: not told what to do, but offered possibilities.” When I said he made it sound like social work, he disagreed.