ain't baroque! :||
Don't Fix It

Remember how I said I conduct like I’m having a grand mal seizure?


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!

Lintu: DUHdhdhdhdhdhdhDUHdhdhdhdhdhdhdhDUHdhdhdhdhdhdhdhDAHDAH

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.


About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


9 thoughts on “Remember how I said I conduct like I’m having a grand mal seizure?

  1. 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.

    Posted by Dr. Carney | April 13, 2010, 5:07 pm
    • 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Posted by Jenn | April 13, 2010, 6:22 pm
      • 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.

        Posted by Dr. Carney | April 14, 2010, 12:38 pm
    • Ooh, maybe now he’ll weigh in! Well played on the interactive front, sir.

      Posted by Jenn | April 14, 2010, 12:47 pm
  2. Just (jist?) doing what I can ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Posted by Dr. Carney | April 14, 2010, 2:41 pm


  1. Pingback: Concert Roundup: The Beginning « If it ain't Baroque… - January 11, 2012

  2. Pingback: Andre Watts, Colin Currie, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet are always hanging in my apartment « If it ain't Baroque… - March 20, 2012

  3. Pingback: The rule of three (out of four) (usually) « If it ain't Baroque… - June 5, 2012

  4. Pingback: Would you please for God’s sake hold still?! | If it ain't Baroque... - April 16, 2013

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: