In this outtake from James Levine: America’s Maestro, James Levine gives an explanation of his unique approach to conducting an orchestra – how he believes in being a “teacher conductor.”
Susan Froemke answered questions via email about the making of the documentary James Levine: America’s Maestro. “I knew that Maestro Levine was a genius musically. I saw it every time I filmed him rehearsing with his orchestra, working with a renowned singer or coaching a young artist. What I wasn’t aware of was his business acumen—something often lacking in artists.”
Over the course of his four decades with the Met, Levine has elevated the quality of the orchestra, chorus, and ensemble to the highest level in the company’s history. Here are just a few of the highlights of his unparalleled Met career.
In this clip from James Levine: America’s Maestro, Levine conducts the Met Opera Orchestra in their first rehearsal of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 at Carnegie Hall and engages the orchestra with his unique style of direction. James Levine: America’s Maestro premieres Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. (check local listings).
In this clip from James Levine: America’s Maestro, hear a story from David Langlitz, the Principal Trombone for the Met Orchestra, that illuminates Levine’s unique sensitivity to sound and watch Levine conduct a dress rehearsal of Simon Boccanegra with Placido Domingo. James Levine: America’s Maestro premieres Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 8 p.m. (check local […]
Exploring the conductor’s life and current work, the one-hour documentary film captures the essence of one of classical music’s authentic giants. Looking back at creative milestones since his 1971 Met debut at the age of 28, the film reveals how Levine’s unparalleled musicianship and singular teaching and performance styles make his relationship with the company unique in today’s music world.
A presence on Broadway, in Hollywood, at Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein was a major force in twentieth century music. His exuberant and dramatic style caught the heart of America, bringing classical music to thousands of people from diverse backgrounds. More than any American conductor before him, Bernstein expanded the audience […]
by Gerald Early PART I: THE LIGHTNING STRIKE OF EGO In the opening paragraph of his monumental essay on the first Ali-Frazier fight, Norman Mailer calls ego “the great word of the twentieth century.” But the magnitude of ego has long endured. Ego has probably been the great term for all human centuries, even before […]
AMERICAN MASTERS Online presents an extended interview with “Quincy Jones” filmmaker Michael Kantor. Q: What did you learn while making an AMERICAN MASTERS program about Quincy Jones? A: There were two stories that I will never forget. One happened to make it into the show, when Quincy’s first wife Jeri described his approach to money […]