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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Robert Shaw

Last week's editorial in San Francisco Classical Voice discussed the career of conductor Robert Shaw, in the context of a newly-released set of live performances with the Cleveland Orchestra. And SFCV's question of the week, accordingly, was "What memories do you have of Robert Shaw's music-making?"

I sent in a response about my one personal experience of Shaw as a conductor, on a short 1982 European tour featuring the Missa Solemnis. I'm not surprised to see that another participant also responded, and his experience was the diametrical opposite of mine. This is an example of the well-known phenomenon where, after attending a concert, you read the review and find yourself scratching your head and wondering if you really were at the same concert as the reviewer. I will put up a long posting about the trip sometime later this week.

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