How maestros kiss

How maestros kiss


norman lebrecht

December 30, 2014

This is not a scientific survey of conducting technique.

Nor is it something you should try at home with the lights on. But I am sure some academic will follow up with funding for a five-year study.

1 The hand job…

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classically executed by Riccardo Muti.

2 Brotherly love


Paavo Järvi, with sister Maarika

3 Just missed

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Leonard Bernstein at IU

4 Karajan gets cuddly

karajan dog

5 The ear nibble

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Daniel makes Martha laugh

6 Reach for it

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Dudamel with Yuja

7 I will if you will

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Try not to Rattle

8 Mind that jacket, it’s  brand new


Eschenbach and friend

9 Did they: Didn’t they?

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Stokowski with Greta Garbo


10 OK people, here’s how it’s done




  • MWnyc says:

    Ah, Lenny … Lenny had so many ways of kissing so many people …

    (And, alas, all of those kisses reeked of cigarettes.)

  • Robert Levine says:

    I’m betting they did. O for the days when conductors could plausibly mate with movie stars.

  • Kalman says:

    Dear Norman , Thank you . Such a Nice farewell to this passing away year and warmest welcome full of warmest wishes for the coming one

  • Stephen says:

    Muti giving a hand job? Surely not?

  • PaulD says:

    Those watching the Berlin Philharmonic’s New Year’s concert today were treated to lots of kisses and warmth between Menahem Pressler and Simon Rattle.