Why you are so afraid of the notion of accidentally good performance – it always happens and I do not see in it any sign of negativism. Since your introduction, listening many of the Ljubliana recordings, I would say that I rather dislike then like the Ljubliana orchestra. Still, at it is apparent in Mahler 6, they have their moments. You feel that Bruckner 8 and Beethoven 7 were also good, OK, they were for instance - anything else? :-) I do not think that it would be a lot more. I am sure that someone who likes and specializes in Ljubliana and Nanut would knew that specific moments in the conductor and the orchestra live when they demonstrated better results. I am not intimately familiar with Slovak musical scene, so I get the things as they are.
I do not judge Nanut as “more World Class” of less “World Class”. Boston Philharmonic is a crappy semi-armature orchestra but the last Monday’s broadcast they demonstrated the last movement of Bruckner 5 that would turn any orchestra in the world to be jealous … Those accidental successes do happen, nothing wrong with it but they would not make me to buy more BPO recordings.
I am very compulsive of musicians consumption and after listening quite a few of Nanut interpretation I would say that he is not a conductor whose work I would buy juts because it was conducted by Nanut. I might say that if I have an interest in a musical peace and somebody like Barbirolli or Scherchen conducted the peace then I would buy their performances juts because they was Barbirolli or Scherchen (just to name a few) . As good as Nanut is, I did not develop a feeling that really need the Nanut’s take on specific music. I can buy “another recording” of a work juts because it was made by Rafael Kubelik, or Koussevitzky, or Myung Whun Chung, or Mravinsky, or Crauss. I do not know if the Nanut’s interpretation migh be something that I would be specifically searching.Rgs, Romy the Cat
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