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  •  I voted Bernstein, but I love MTT - especially (3+ / 0-)
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    Dumbo, x, SherwoodB

    since I've had the chance to see him conduct.  You can feel Bernstein's influence in his style, and I think that's one reason why I like MTT so much.  I didn't really understand the difference a conductor could make until we started going to symphony regularly, right around the time he joined SFS.  The difference between the first time I heard the 5th, with a guest conductor, and the more recent performances, with MTT conducting, was remarkable.  We started going 4-6 times a year in the mid-90s, and this was one of those revelation moments.   (I had the good fortune to be at the performance that ended up on the SF Symphony's recent recording of the fifth - how could I pass up my favorite piece of music, with my favorite conductor at the lead?)

    •  I haven't heard that one. (2+ / 0-)
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      lineatus, x

      I liked his Tchaikovsky 4th, and we used his clips for the diary on that.  He seems to have shaped himself into the Bernstein mold.

      •  I think his natural instincts were there any way, (2+ / 0-)
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        Dumbo, x

        but working with Bernstein just brought it forward.  I just love that robust, full-bodied style especially for a composer with Beethoven's energy.

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