25. March 2007 · Comments Off on William Boughton and Verdi · Categories: imported, Ramble

Tomorrow we begin rehearsals for performances on Thursday, Saturday and the following Sunday. We’re playing Verdi’s Requiem and William Boughton is conducting. The Merc has a Richard Scheinin interview with him in the paper today.

I’m looking forward to working with Maestro Boughton again. He isn’t one to flatter us, but he speaks plainly, he is demanding, and asks us to play well. That’s fine by me. I don’t care for the wacky, screaming, “You can do nothing right,” conductors, but I also think the “Oh you are so great!” conductors can take a hike. There is always something to work on. There is always something that can be played better. I appreciate good direction from good conductors.

The Reqiuem sometimes makes me squirm a little; it’s so operatic and sometimes … well … oh this is sad, I’m sure … it makes me laugh. Just a little laugh, mind you, but I feel as if we are in the middle of a Verdi opera.

Hmmm. Maybe we are?

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