October 24, 2004 by AK

Card game schedules and the tempi of the Ring

“The timbre [Marjorie Lawrence’s] is clear and lustrous, penetrating the orchestral surges and complying with the energetic tempi that the conductor, Bodanzky, preferred.” (Paul Campion on Götterdämmerung.)

“Bodanzky was much admired and, at the same time, greatly disliked by some. He was capable of giving inspiring performances, especially in Wagner, but could appear rushed and perfunctory, anxious, as his assistant [and successor at the Met] Erich Leinsdorf recounts, to be done and back home at the card-table.” (Richard Caniell)


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