“‘Conducting has often become a profession of convenience and young people…tackle monumental works…, relying on the effectiveness of gestures.’ The conductor is unafraid to die, but insists that only his own recordings be played at his funeral. If not, ‘there’s a strong chance the lid of the coffin will open!'” [Musical America Worldwide, August 20, 2021]

Many Happy Returns to Riccardo Muti, 80 today.