DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE COM­POSER?

Hong Kong Tatler - - Small Talk -

MY FAVOURITE COM­POSER IS AL­WAYS THE AU­THOR OF THE SCORE IN FRONT OF ME.

ARE THERE ANY COM­POSERS YOU FEEL ARE UN­DER­RATED?

QUITE A FEW. THE WORK OF EM­MERICH KÁLMÁN IS WON­DER­FUL, BRIL­LIANTLY OR­CHES­TRATED MU­SIC, WHICH HAS SADLY FALLEN OUT OF FASH­ION. THE SAME CAN BE SAID FOR THE WORKS OF FRANZ LE­HÁR. AND THERE ARE MANY COM­POSERS OF SO CALLED “SE­RI­OUS MU­SIC” WHO ARE UN­FAIRLY OVER­LOOKED—PEO­PLE LIKE MAX REGER, HANS PFITZNER, FER­RUC­CIO BU­SONI AND FRANZ LISZT.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE SEN­SA­TION OF CON­DUCT­ING. IS IT AN EN­THRALLING EX­PE­RI­ENCE?

“EN­THRALLING” IS PER­HAPS NOT QUITE THE RIGHT WORD. I WOULD RATHER DE­SCRIBE THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE AS CHAL­LENG­ING. AS A CON­DUC­TOR, YOU AIM TO REC­ON­CILE YOUR OWN DE­MANDS WITH THOSE OF THE ORCHES­TRA AND THE AU­DI­ENCE. WHETHER YOU

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