Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sir Neville Marriner

Sir Neville Marriner is with us this week.  It's remarkable that someone can conduct and rehearse an orchestra at 91 years of age and to do it so well.  But what is really inspiring about working with him is how clearly chiseled the characters of the pieces are within his imagination.  They are pieces he has probably known for decades and they are still incredible vivid and alive within him.  He is resolute in the tempos and interpretation that he wants, but not dogmatic or militant.  He is gentle, but demanding.  He is understated but very clear.  What he asks of us seems to be driven by a vibrant imagination, one that is very young.  It's really incredible.  And beautiful, and funny, and inspiring to be working with him.

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