The Detroit Symphony conductor, recovering from heart bypass surgery, is writing an online history of himself and his heart:
My dad was 47, his father 56. It appears that longevity is not on the Slatkin side of the family…
The heart attack occurred in Rotterdam, at the end of a five-concert stretch… I was on the podium when it occurred, and the only signs that something was wrong were a sense of fatigue walking over to the hall, and feeling dizzy and out of breath on the podium. By the time I finished the Second Symphony of Rachmaninov, I did not know where I was.
In the dressing room I collapsed on the couch, drenched in sweat. The medical personnel on hand at the auditorium got to me quickly and said, “You are having a heart attack. An ambulance is on the way.” Ten minutes later I was at the Erasmus clinic, a feeling of great weight upon my chest. The only thing I remember saying was, “Make it stop.”…
Read on here.
Friends will be pleased to learn that Leonard is making a very good recovery.