Wild Man Conductor

That’s Claus Peter Flor. “With his wildly animated face, enormous mane of salt-and-pepper hair and plummy German accent, the 53-year-old conductor would be Central Casting’s idea of a crazy professor. But his podium antics are musically functional: They achieve a gut-gripping intensity and a vividness of characterization, color and texture all but unparalleled among living conductors.”