What goes through the minds of the individual members of an orchestra while they’re performing? To find out, I sat down with six MET Orchestra Musicians to discuss a particular passage they variously described as “some of the most beautiful music ever written,” “a thrilling culmination of everything that comes before,” and “one of the moments that remind me why I became a musician.”Read More
"... I felt more at home with [the MET] orchestra than anywhere else, before or since. That's the truth!"
Carlos Kleiber, the eccentric and reclusive conductor who died in 2004 at the age of 74, was a fabled perfectionist who was known as much for the rarity of his appearances as for the brilliance of his interpretations. MET 'cellist James Kreger, who had the opportunity to experience Kleiber's genius firsthand, reflects on what made this great artist so remarkable ... and uncovers some of the mysteries of what it means to be a musician. (This tribute originally appeared in the Juilliard Journal, November 2004.)Read More