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BENJAMIN ZANDER – HOW TO LOVE CLASSIC MUSIC

Everyone loves classical music.

Just some do not know about it.

Benjamin Zander

Classical music is not what you were thinking! If you listen to the conductor Benjamin Zander, you will understand that classical music not only does not die. On the contrary, classical music still has the magical power to touch hearts and transform sounds into feelings. Benjamin Zander does not just live on a musical nerve, all his emotions are shaped by musical breathing and rhythm. Zander is not only a conductor, teacher and lecturer, he is the music itself, piercing you with light and energy.

Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra since its founding more than 30 years ago. He also conducts at the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. For over 30 years of his work in Boston, he has completed 13 international tours. Over the past decade, he has been invited to conduct in many countries.

Benjamin Zander received particular fame for his lectures before concerts. He talks about classical music. Her greatness and intimacy with our emotions. Our feelings are just a few notes collected in a musical composition. Our life, love, sorrows and passion – this is what classical music is. Benjamin Zander is just nice to listen to. He speaks with humor of the important, easily exciting.

In early 1999, I was in Cleveland to sign an agreement with the Executives of Telarc to record Beethoven symphonies. Conductor Benjamin Zander When all the work was completed, I headed to the airport, where I found out that all flights were delayed due to an approaching storm. I chose a place in the waiting room and began to listen to music on my player. I did not even notice how a conversation ensued with the passenger sitting next to me. It was a lawyer from Washington. “Why did you fly to Cleveland?” – he asked. “I signed a contract with a record company to record a cycle of Beethoven symphonies,” I replied. “Ahh,” he said, “I thought classical music was dying.” “No, no, vice versa!” I exclaimed. Perhaps I was a little inspired by the just signed contract, while many record companies were breaking existing contracts with famous conductors. “Just look around at the people in this room,” I said, referring to six hundred or so passengers waiting for their flight. “Absolutely every one of them loves classical music, just many of them have not yet understood this!” “Come on! He did not believe. “Tell it to my five sons.” The only thing they listen to is heavy metal or rock. ” “Listen to this,” I handed him my huge headphones, which I always carry with me to be able to extract the best sounds from my portable player. At that moment, the player was losing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony performed by my native Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. He was definitely touched by what he heard, and after listening for a few minutes, he returned the headphones to me and said: “Yes, I like it. But that doesn’t count, because I learned to play the piano when I was a kid. ” “Look what will happen now!” I said. At that moment, I was completely taken aback by the idea of ​​convincing him.

For an hour and a half, I wandered around the airport, offering random passengers to listen to music from my player. Their reaction was the same. conductor Benjamin Zander A second of shock, then a constant shocked look, and a compulsory gleam in the eyes. “What is it?” – many asked. And this is the most surprising, because I suggested listening to one of the most famous and brilliant classical works ever written. If someone recognized the work, then most often asked the question: “Where can I get this tape?” None of them remained indifferent, and the emotional reaction was unchanged: perfect amazement, distrust and this gleam in the eyes that could not be confused with anything. Watching all this, my new lawyer acquaintance was forced to admit that I was right. “Amazing!” He exclaimed. “Let your sons listen to this,” I told him, holding out the tape. “I will do even more,” he replied. I will let everyone I know listen to this. ” So a new idea was born.
How to make everyone on this planet feel the musical rhythm of Beethoven’s fifth symphony? The task, it would seem absurd, but it began to come to me more and more often, and now it does not seem so stupid anymore. But how to achieve this ?? “What will happen,” I asked, “if we make Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which demonstrates the path from darkness to light, from struggle to triumph, a symbol of our entry into the twenty-first century using Coca-Cola as a guide … If we put a CD in each package of Coca-Cola, how much will it be? About eight and a half million … ”

Be that as it may, I’m not going to give up. I would even put a video of the Fifth Symphony on MTV if I could figure out how to make this video attractive to MTV viewers. Any ideas?

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