A farewell to Lyon ends in dinner with Muti

Leonard Slatkin has conducted his final concerts as music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (no connection to the city’s unhappy opera house).

On the farewell tour, he conducted the orchestra in Ravenna, Italy, where the town’s resident maestro kept him up at dinner past two in the morning…. as he does.

Here’s a happy pic of the Slatkins and the Mutis with a certain violinist squashed between.

Read Leonard’s full post here.

He has much to say about the recent Cliburn contest.

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  • Interesting – thanks for the link. Some jurors do not (or at least will not admit to) judge on the basis of a repertoire choice, so it’s nice to hear admissions of the opposite.

    It would have been great to hear Marc-Andre Hamelin play his Toccata at some point after the preliminary round, since he was so definitive that there weren’t many possible interpretations. Our curiosity is still unabated.

    As with any competition, there are expectations fulfilled, as well as harsh surprises, both happened here. Three of the competitors excited me and I hope to hear them play in the future.

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