SO DOES HANNU LINTU! Small world.
I would love to tell you all about the BSO’s performance in the U. S. premiere of Rautavaara’s Incantations last Thursday. Unfortunately, I was so distracted by Lintu’s antics I barely noticed. The man conducts like one of those puppets jointed with strings that when you press the base they collapse. At several points he was conducting with naught but fingers bent into an eagle’s claw. The man is a nutter butter.
I liked his Finlandia, though. And he did the first and third movements of my beloved Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 well. The holy second movement was a smidge speedy and disjointed, but had settled into greater smoothness by the end. I kept my eyes closed the whole time. Perfect music for rain.
The fourth movement, though. Lord, the fourth movement. I wish I could hum it to you twice – once at the speed I am accustomed to and enjoy (conducted by Berstein, so you know it’s good), and once Lintu-style. Let’s see if onomatopoeia can do this thing justice:
Bernstein: DUH duh duh duh duh duh duh DUH duh duh duh duh duh duh DUH duh duh duh duh duh duh DUH DAH DAH!
In other words: SLOW DOWN, dude. Take a breath now and again. I know it’s allegro con brio but that’s not the same as presto et mort. Chill. To reiterate what is becoming a motif of this blog, fast is not necessarily equal to good!
In other news, Colin Currie actually appears to be the same age as his promotional pictures, which is a novelty indeed.
That was the funniest description of tempi I have ever read (heard?) – simply awesome. As a conductor, i wanted to defend him, but Jenn – that was too good of a “inner ear” moment from you – so I concede the floor to you. Well done.
I’m perfectly willing to concede that tempo, like so much else, is a matter of taste, but that would’ve been an awfully wishy-washy stance for an opinion piece. 😀
Allow me to clarify something, I would not justify his usage of tempi versus your preference of tempi. I would however be on the side of his interpretation (which includes tempi, but not exclusively) IF he had some jistifications as to why he chose those tempi.
Ooh, maybe now he’ll weigh in! Well played on the interactive front, sir.
Just (jist?) doing what I can 😉