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Woman At Work – JoAnn Falletta Talks With Jeremy Siepmann

February 23, 2011

JoAnn Falletta

Not many conductors find themselves likened in a single review to Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Stokowski and Bernstein—four very disparate figures united mainly by their pre-eminence in the story of 20th-century music. Only in such a context (the review appeared in The Washington Post) could JoAnn Falletta feel short-changed (not that she does) by the more circumspect critic in The New York Times who described her merely as ‘one of the finest conductors of her generation.’ Though she has guest conducted major orchestras around the world, she remains loyal to the two of which she has been Music Director for more than a decade: the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. The present season is awash with anniversaries, marking the 20th anniversary of her directorship in Virginia, the 12th of her tenure in Buffalo and the tenth year of the highly fruitful contract between the BPO and Naxos.
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