Conductors in Conversation

Robert Chesterman

14 in-depth interviews with legendary conductors






Robert Chesterman’s interviews with conductors as celebrated as Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado and Herbert von Karajan present fresh insights into their individual characters, their personal ideologies and their practical approaches – and in many cases, their private lives, their frank opinions of their fellow conductors – as well as into classical music in general.



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About the Author

Robert Chesterman was born in England but emigrated to Canada where he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. During this time, he compiled music documentaries, directed radio plays and recorded concerts and recitals.


1. Bruno Walter
2. Sir Adrian Boult
3. Leonard Bernstein
4. Otto Klemperer
5. Ernest Ansermet
6. Herbert von Karajan
7. Sir Georg Solti
8. Carlo Maria Guilini
9. Claudio Abbado
10. Eugene Ormandy
11. Riccardo Muti
12. James Levine
13. Rafael Kubelik
14. Leopold Stokowski


…conversations with a vanishing generation of conductors…results exceed expectations.’
The Observer

…asking the kind of questions we all would have liked to put.’ The Independent ‚Ķentertaining and illuminating.’
The Sunday Times

A stunning legacy from a world-class film/music producer, this collection is a rare and priceless collection of conversations with classical music’s most celebrated conductors at their voluble best. Simply put, this goldmine is a must-have for any worthy music library…

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