Maestro, 91, makes it back to La Scala

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.

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Corriere report here.

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  • 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

      • – 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)

          • 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).

  • 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.

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

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