Libor Pesek is 85 today (and no-one believes it)

The law-unto-himself Czech conductor, once the light of Liverpool in its gloomiest decade, is 85 years old today.

Probably the most fun conductor I have ever known, he’s bound to outlive us all.

Na zdraví, Libor!

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  • Wonderful man, and actually a superb Elgarian as well as being unsurpassed in Czech repertoire. One of only two MDs I ever worked for who brought in champagne to thank the office staff. The other – shock! horror! – was that famously talentless and insincere Sir Simon Rattle.

  • How true Norman! We sometimes used to plan his RLPO seasons having a picnic by the Vltava and have tears rolling down our faces dreaming up bizarre programmes. Happy Birthday dear Libor!

  • He used to guest conduct in San Francisco, but I haven’t seen his name come up here in a long time. Maybe they feel he’s 85 years too young, I mean ‘old’.

  • — a wonderful conductor and human being. I remember so fondly, going up to Liverpool to hear him when I was at Cambridge. And then there was that Beethoven “Eroica” and Janacek “Glagolitic Mass” at the Proms — so authoritative, but always with this shining modesty…..a rare gift.

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