The Talented (And Superficial?) Mr. Litton

“No American conductor of his generation is more formidably gifted [than Andrew Litton.] He’s a quick study with a score, and he has a keen ear. He’s a skilled and attentive accompanist. And no conductor anywhere speaks more naturally, more engagingly, with audiences. But facility may also be Mr. Litton’s weakness. One musician has likened him to a certain kind of pianist who can sight-read any score, note perfectly, but rarely goes much beneath the surface. The DSO’s most eloquent and finely detailed performances have tended to come from other conductors. Criticisms of superficiality have dogged Mr. Litton’s career, and not only in Dallas.”