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QuoteA performer cannot move others unless he is also moved. He must feel all of the affects he hopes to arouse in his audience.

A mere technician can lay no claim to the rewards of those who sway the heart rather than the ear … one meets technicians who astound us with their prowess, without ever touching our sensibilities. They overwhelm our hearing without satisfying it, and stun the mind without moving it.

– C P E Bach, quoted in Early Music
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QuoteHere are the Beethoven symphonies, arranged as [piano] duets … I would not claim that I have ever got any tremendous emotional excitement out of playing these duets, because as soon as the main theme is announced one gets so excited that one forgets to count.

– Beverley Nichols, A Thatched Roof
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QuoteConcerts used to be much more of a free-for-all … Somewhere along the line, we have forgotten that great music can be rude and visceral; we have put conductors on pedestals, and turned our audiences into passive subjects.

– Charles Hazlewood, The Guardian

Further reading:

Why classical concerts need a breath of fresh air in The Guardian

Play the Field, "a new breed of orchestral festival"

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QuoteClassical music remains deeply unfashionable.
That’s why it has lasted.

– Andrew Clark, Financial Times

Further reading:

Is classical music trying to be fashionable? in the Financial Times

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QuoteThere were at least five discernible attacks, because [the musicians] had such different assumptions about where "now" is.

– Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, describing what happened when he gave the downbeat to a tribute orchestra comprising members of all the different ensembles Leonard Bernstein had conducted
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