Told to me by John Georgiadis, one-time leader of the LSO. The orchestra had played Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade for Celibidache (RFH, c.1977, I was there) and John had been asked by Celi to portray the storyteller as the thirteen-year-old girl she is reported as being. The LSO’s next Scheherazade was with Evgeny Svetlanov (same venue, I was also there). During rehearsal John played the solos the same demure way as he had for Celi, and was questioned by Svetlanov as to why. John explained that Scheherazade is a young girl, to which Svetlanov bellowed: “I don’t want a young girl, I want Gina Lollobrigida”.