This conductor's rage will simultaneously terrify and inspire you

22 September 2016, 12:22

stokowski rehearsal rage

Watching this rehearsal footage of the great Leopold Stokowski from 1968 will make you wince with its severity, but you’ll also learn a lot…

When you’re a great conductor, you don’t have time for babysitting musicians. And when they’re really getting on your nerves, sometimes you have to yell. Just look at Leopold Stokowski from 1 minute into this video:

And then enjoy the rest of it, because it’s a joyful and enlightening experience - pianist Jerome Lowenthal is note-perfect as Stokowski works the orchestra intensely hard, but it’s all done with plenty of explanation and reasoning.