<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by shostakovich:<BR><STRONG>Hi kyx. You certainly come by your devotion to Toscanini honestly. Your friend of the Spanish civil war is quite a treasure. My acquaintance with the war comes from encyclopedias, paintings by Dali and Picasso, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.<BR>Shos</STRONG><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Hi Shos: A treasure indeed...and one that, like most treasures, has remained hidden or invisible to most. It is unfortunate that many of his recollections of the Warsaw ghetto, the Spanish Civil War, World War II in the South Pacific, the early formation of the American Labor and Civil Rights movements...all experienced first-hand (with immense courage and decency I might add) will die with him. He often says that the most difficult thing about getting very old is "the isolation and loneliness produced by outliving your friends and others who have shared your experiences and memories". Still, though now crippled and nearly blind, he lives with a vitality,poise,optimism and wit that is most humbling and inspiring to witness.<P>Now back to Toscanini:<BR>One of the smartest people I know, once remarked that the "perfected state of<BR><B>what something is</B> is <B>what it is not</B>. In keeping with this concept, may I then suggest that perhaps a better definition of true "charisma" is not simply "believing your own bullshit" but rather "making your own bullshit real" ?
<P><BR>I am not the first one to notice that it is not uncommon while listening to a piece conducted by Toscanini to be overcome by the irrestible urge to "air conduct". I may be overstating, but as I see it, in a sense, we all "hunger" to be temporarily "possessed" by the passion of the music to which we intently listen.<P>For the waltzes of Strauss, Carlos Kleiber can be quite miraculous in this respect. Do you know his work ?<BR>Toscanini, himself, was quite taken with the ability of his protege' Guido Cantelli but I am yet to explore the very limited output of his tragically brief career.<P>Is a renaissance of interest in classical music among the young possible today ? If it is , I suppose it will be mediated through the influence of a broadly distributed medium such as film ...when the music is incorporated in a way that suggests a spirit that lively, bold, rebellious...even dangerous....anything is possible. To live again, it can no longer remain "my grandfather's music". <P><BR> Good chatting with you as well,<P> kyx