Maestro, 91, makes it back to La Scala

Maestro, 91, makes it back to La Scala

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norman lebrecht

February 23, 2016

There were triple standing ovations last night for Georges Pretre, the French conductor who has cancelled most engagements in the past year but was determined not to miss his Scala gala.

Elegant as ever, gorgeous George may have received the highest classical ratio of applause to instrumental music: 17 minutes of ovation for 41 minutes of music.

georges pretre

Corriere report here.

Comments

  • Vengerov Maxim says:

    Maestro Pretre is my favorite conductor of all times! My dream is to play with him or for him. Just to meet such great legende is a greatest privilege in our times!
    My fondest regards to you Mr. Lebrecht

  • Bruce says:

    Always one of my favorites. Glad to see him still at work 🙂

    • Herbert Glass says:

      What was his program?

      • Max Grimm says:

        – Beethoven; Egmont Ouverture & Piano Concert Nr. 3 (Rudolf Buchbinder, pf)
        – Verdi; “Sinfonia” of La Forza del Destino
        – Liszt; Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto (Rudolf Buchbinder, pf)
        – Offenbach; Barcarolle
        – Ravel; BolĂ©ro

        (From La Scala’s webpage)

        • Mathieu says:

          This program does seem to last more than 41 minutes, even leaving out the Liszt piece.

          • Max Grimm says:

            I think the writer is only referring to a portion of the program regarding the 41 minutes of music and 17 minutes of applause bit. According to the article, Georges PrĂȘtre conducted the entire program listed, plus an encore (the can-can music out of OrphĂ©e aux Enfers).

  • MichaelJ says:

    I never saw George PrĂȘtre conduct, but one my all time favourite LPs was his recording of three French ballets with the Paris Conservatoire – Les biches, Le loup and La crĂ©ation du monde. Was there ever a better conductor of Poulenc?

    Incidentally, I live near Amsterdam and on Saturday afternoon we get Bernard Haitink, a mere stripling at 86, conducting Bruckner Te Deum and Ninth Symphony with the marvellous Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. It can be downloaded via the website of Dutch radio 4.

  • ruben greenberg says:

    bravo maĂźtre! On vous aime.

  • Fabio Luisi says:

    Fantastic! I love him!

  • David Briggs says:

    Incredibly inspiring! I love the films with Maestro PrĂȘtre and Francis Poulenc, especially. Such a fabulous link to the opulent and elegant French past!

  • Stephen says:

    What is the difference between “a favourite” and “an all-time favourite”?

  • Stephen says:

    It must be said that until the last few years PrĂȘtre was very much taken for granted as merely a decent conductor.

  • Gianmaria Griglio says:

    Good for him, and for us! He’s one of the greatest conductors of all times, living the music and showing it in all his gestures.
    This video says it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVlyXh87b1g
    It’s pure perfection!
    http://www.gianmariagriglio.it

  • Gianmaria Griglio says:

    Good for him, and for us!
    He’s one of the greatest conductors of all times, living the music in all his gestures. This video says it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVlyXh87b1g
    It’s pure perfection!
    http://www.gianmariagriglio.it

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