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" My only interest is in sharing great music with more and more people. "
" As an older dad you can certainly get down on the floor. The problem is can you get up again? "
" It's interesting: composers can be very funny ducks. "
" As a Liverpool boy, it is impossible not to think of the Beatles' question, 'Will you still need me when I'm 64?' "
" Sometimes, musicians worry too much about how beautifully they are playing. "
" I think we will find more and more ways in which technology invades our artistic spaces, so music is something you will need more than ever because it is there in time and in space and for that moment only. "
" There is a mysterious way in which orchestras keep a sense of their history and what they've done. I still listen to the L.A. Philharmonic and feel that Giulini was there. "
" Passionate musicians only come from passionate five-year-olds. "
" Some of my favorite music in the world is Haydn. I had a sabbatical one year and made myself one promise: to play a different Haydn piano sonata each day - they are inexhaustible treasures. "
" American economists can't understand the German fear of inflation and the effects of inflation when dealing with the world economic crisis. They wonder why Germany pursues such a different course - 'Why can't they agree with us?' I would have thought it was fairly obvious. "
" In England, unless I am mistaken, I think some of the politicians who love classical music and opera are a bit loath to be seen there in case people think it is elitist. That is a real shame because it also means we are not allowing our politicians a hinterland that an earlier generation, a Denis Healey, would have taken for granted. "
" I was thrilled that Sadiq Khan was so in support of the idea of culture being at the centre of a city and the idea that it is everyone's right. It can't be a matter of privilege or chance. It should be something everyone can have in their life, and that means knowing what it is. "
" With these big Wagner pieces, if I haven't started three years before, I'm screwed. You need time to look at the piece again and again and again, and then, like some fantastic casserole or spaghetti sauce, put it back in the fridge and let the flavours get together. "
" The grapevine in England is an extraordinary thing. When there is a really brilliant young composer or soloist, we all hear about it. "
" Yes, I was a weird duck, no doubt. "
" If you think the music business is the be-all and end-all of life, you're in big trouble. "
" I'd be much more likely to watch the latest Tarantino movie than to listen to a Mahler symphony. "
" Every orchestra has its own sound. "
" One of the most extraordinary and all-encompassing forms of communication is music. It reaches places that all kinds of other things cannot reach. I'll put my cards on the table: I think it is our greatest language. "
" Beethoven was always too much. He's not slightly anything - he's very everything. "
" Conducting 'Tristan' is like floating in amniotic fluid, but having worked on it for three months, I now know why people who go near it go so strange. "
" Nobody has Francis Bacon on their walls in their house - or very few people - but sometimes people listen to Beethoven as though it was background and a comfort, and I think that is very dangerous. "
" You would never train people to play football by telling them to watch football. You make them play football. "
" I think Beethoven means dissonances to be more stressed than consonances - it's the shock tactician in him. "
" I was a harpsichordist in my teens, and there was a bunch of us in Liverpool who got together every week to play Bach. "
" Always the journey, never the destination. "
" If you receive a whole string of bad reviews, you have to say, 'O.K., maybe there's something here we should pay attention to.' "
" I've always had a profound conviction that great music is about joy, even in the face of tragedy. "
" We have to be evangelists for music. We couldn't just be high priests of music. "
" I've always loved French music. My parents adored it; my father played it on the piano. "
" One of the most difficult things in opera is for people to suspend disbelief. "