Before I begin, let me first say that even if you’re not necessarily into classical music, you will still enjoy this video!
I recently participated in a performance of Leonard Bernstein‘s Overture to Candide. It’s a really fun little piece (and the overture to an operetta with a lot of wonderful music), so I decided to look up some recordings of it. As a result, I found the following video on YouTube. This is a video of Leonard Bernstein himself conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Overture in 1989. It’s just amazing to see how the artist who composed the piece interprets it all – and it’s pretty amusing to watch at some points. You’ll see what I mean. Here’s the video:
Cool stuff, right? It’s amazing that this video was taken less than a year before his death.
When I found that clip, I did some more looking around and also found a younger Lenny conducting Beethoven’s Ninth, which simply blew my mind. He was just as amazing a conductor as he was a composer.