Here is a New York Times article about Gilbert E. Kaplan, the wealthy businessman who conducted the New York Phil Dec. 8 in a performance of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony (No. 2) Do the musicians like it? No, they do not. In the article Kaplan defends his conducting, saying, "I do get the results I want, and I did get the results I wanted that night." Yeah, he's conducting the New York Phil, HELLO! Who couldn't, who wouldn't?
So should a group of supremely skilled, talented and hard-working musicians be used to bolster the delusions of an amateur?
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