Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music, Sunday 13 July 2014 9pm. Catherine Bott attempts to answer the question on many concertgoers' minds.
It's a question that many concertgoers ponder – what does a conductor actually do?
To demonstrate the difference conductors can make to a performance, tonight Catherine Bott traces the development of conducting from its pioneering practitioners such as Lully - who beat time with a staff - and Felix Mendelssohn , who was among the first to use a baton.
We'll hear some of the great orchestral performances of the recording era, under the direction of such giants as Toscanini, Klemperer, Herbert von Karajan and Adrian Boult.