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Classical Notes: November 10, 2008 Archive

Muti Gets Snooty

Posted at 9:27 AM on November 10, 2008 by Gillian Martin (1 Comments)

Remember the old story about Beethoven getting uppity with a Prince? "There are and will be thousands of princes; but there is only one Beethoven." Well, princes are harder to come by these days, but apparently there is only one Muti.

Conductor Riccardo Muti was scheduled to lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in a private performance in Buckingham Palace this Thursday, part of the 60th birthday celebration for Charles, the Prince of Wales. When the guest of honor and his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, dared to question Muti's program (perhaps it was a bit too long? not quite appropriate?), Muti took his baton and went home.

Read the whole story (including why the Queen was already a bit peeved with Maestro Muti) here.

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StevenIsserlis.com

Posted at 11:20 AM on November 10, 2008 by Gillian Martin (1 Comments)

Cellist Steven Isserlis is performing with the Minnesota Orchestra this weekend in two venues: Orchestra Hall, as you might expect, and the Cathedral of St. Paul, which you might not.

Isserlis is one of those rare artists who has a website that actually tells you something about what sort of person he is. Find it here.

From the website, here is a list of things not to say to him after the concert:
1) "Good job"
2) "I can't understand why there was such a small audience"
3) "Why DO you play on gut strings?"
4) "Nothing to do with your playing - but I didn't like the piece"
5) "How are you?" (with not one word about the concert just played).

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