Conductor Kenneth Woods, who I wish had comments enabled on his blog, writes today about preparing to conduct a concerto one has played as a soloist. I was at a concert once where Rostropovich conducted the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Frans Helmerson as soloist. Cleary Slava was accompanying “the soundtrack that’s going on in my head rather than what the soloist is actually doing,” as Kenneth puts it. I could certainly understand Slava not being into following another cellist! Many conductors don’t make the effort Kenneth does to be so acommadating.
He also praises this wonderful Pierre Fournier DVD, which includes a marvelous performance of the Schumann concerto. I love it, too.