More On Conductor Judging

Last week New York Times critic John Rockwell posed the question: who can better judge a conductor – the audience or the players working for the conductor. Michelle Dulak disagrees with how Rockwell framed his question, as well as how he went about answering it. “There is, of course, a sense in which musicians are self-serving. They aren’t typically looking for comfort or ease, exactly; but they are looking for something, and it may not be exactly what the audience — or rather the critics — want. To read Rockwell, you’d think he was not merely a critic but the director of a critics’ PAC (Political Action Committee).”