Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra.
For better or worse, you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of life
Great cataclysmic things can go by and neither the orchestra nor the conductor are under the delusion that whether they make this or that gesture is going to be the deciding factor in how it comes out.
An orchestra full of stars can be a disaster.
Pardon me for loitering in front of an orchestra.
Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.
The conductor must make it possible to eliminate himself in the music. If the orchestra feels him doing that, then everything will go well.
The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
It is extraordinary - the orchestra tells you so much about the stage and what's going on,
Show me an orchestra that likes its conductor and I'll show you a lousy conductor.
The Chicago Symphony is considered the greatest orchestra in the world.
The collaboration with the musicians of the New York Philharmonic is sheer joy. The Orchestra is so professional, so prepared, so motivated. I float from day to day, concert to concert, masterpiece to masterpiece, supported by the sound of the New York Philharmonic.
Here are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesnt give a damn what goes on in between.
He helped Walter Legge underwrite the creation of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and conducted its premiere concert on 25 October, 1945. Later, Legge raised the matter of Beecham's fee, to which he replied: "The privilege of directing this magnificent consort of artists is such that my pleasure would be diminished if I accepted a fee. I would, however, gladly accept a decent cigar"
That is, in fact, the true female voice of the orchestra a voice at once passionate and chaste, heart-rending, yet soft, which can weep, sigh, and lament, chant, pray, and muse, or burst forth into joyous accents, as none other can do.