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The LSO’s commanding assistant conductor

By Stephen Everson  

Daniel Harding was due to conduct the LSO in two concerts at the Barbican, each devoted to a single Czech composer: Dvořák and then Janáček. In the event illness kept him from the first of these (11th October) and his place was taken by the orchestra’s assistant conductor, Michal Dworzynski. The prospect of hearing Harding conduct Dvořák had been an intriguing one, since it was far from obvious how the musical personalities of conductor and composer would mesh (and in that respect at least, the Janáček evening seemed a much safer bet). In fact the main draw was the…

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