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" You might say that Richard Wagner was the Queen Victoria of Europe. He had musical children everywhere! "
" Israel is a piece of real estate that neither Jew or Arab will let go of; neither will leave these shores. And so they will have to learn to live together. "
" I think conductors do spend too little time with their orchestras. "
" I respect the Indian government for the fact that there are no settlements in Kashmir. "
" In truth, I became a conductor because deep down I wanted to conduct Brahms's four symphonies and Richard Strauss's tone poems. "
" I have been to Kashmir many times, especially with my family, in the '70s. "
" There is a school in Israel called Hand in Hand which I support. There Arab and Jewish students study together on a daily basis. "
" The amount of culture going on in a small country like Israel is amazing. "
" Bruckner's Eighth is a colossus. "
" I've known Pinchas Zukerman since he was a teenager. "
" I wish that only three residents of Tel Aviv could see what conditions on the West Bank are like. Living in such proximity, most Israelis have no idea about the adversity on the West Bank. "
" I just want to play for Hindus and Muslims that sit together. That's all I want to do. "
" I'm a Persian Jew, and we don't speak Hebrew. "
" I love rap because it talks about pain that comes authentically from the ghetto. It moves me. "
" My parents had chosen the medical profession for me. I even studied a few semesters at St Xavier's College, but at the back of my mind, I always wanted to be a musician like my father. "
" After conducting Wagner, Beethoven's triple concerto is like taking an Alka Seltzer. "
" Critics do their job, and I take their criticism seriously. "
" There are three orchestras in Munich, all world-quality, in a city of one million. Yet every hall is full. "
" The private sector is growing so incredibly in India, in every city you have industries for whom building a concert hall would be nothing financially. But they just don't do it. "
" Why does Israel always have to suffer for others to feel bad for it? "
" I love the creativity of New York, but I don't enjoy the city - I don't like living here. "
" I am an Indian, so I do yoga. "
" Rock music is predictable, unless there's great talent involved. "
" In Bombay, we have a fine concert hall. I think it is high time we built venues in Delhi and Calcutta, not only for western music, but also Indian music. It doesn't matter which party is in power; don't you think the capital of India should have a concert hall? "
" As soon as, say, Saddam Hussein started bombing Israel with Scuds, everyone was like, 'Poor Israel.' But when Israel retaliates - and most of the time they then win - people turn against them. "
" I endeavor that all orchestras I conduct sound Central European. "
" Let's try to count the number of Nobel prize-winners that have emerged from scientific centres of excellence like the Weizmann Institute and Haifa's technical university, the Technion. There has to be at least 25. "
" If you can sing together, you can live together. "
" I believe in music. "
" It seems always to have been difficult to have been a New York Philharmonic conductor because of the nature of New York. We are in direct competition with the great orchestras in the world who come to play in our hall or in Carnegie, and we are constantly compared. I think that 's a good thing. "
" I've never said, 'I live for art.' "