Four video clips show the variety of conductors’ approaches to rehearsal. It’s painful and it’s rewarding.

Leonard Bernstein and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Some of the string players are incredulous at what they think are Bernstein’s impossible demands in this rehearsal of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Good humor seems to prevail, sort of. (3 minutes)


Brian Wilson and “Good Vibrations”

This scene from the film Love and Mercy dramatizes studio sessions in the creation of the classic Beach Boys song. Wilson knows what he wants. Very gradually, the music passes from his imagination into reality. (4 minutes)


Gustavo Dudamel and the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Working with a group of student musicians, Dudamel patiently teaches in a rehearsal of the Symphony No. 4 by Brahms. (3 minutes)


Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic

In contrast to Dudamel working with humble students, Abbado works here with musicians notorious for believing themselves to be the finest ensemble in the world. (They might be right.) Abbado replaced Herbert von Karajan, who was the Berlin Philharmonic’s principal conductor for thirty-four years, and Abbado had the daunting challenge of bringing the orchestra into sync with his own vision. (3 minutes)

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