Conductors: A Choice & an Echo

The great outdoors does things to people. Stuffy board chairmen, foggy professors, bleary barflies are all likely to step out of character under a wide and starry sky. Musicians, too. On the podium of Boston's austere Symphony Hall, Conductor Erich Leinsdorf, for instance, is as musically adventurous as a metronome. But amid the shadowed lawns and towering pinewoods of Tanglewood at Lenox, Mass., where the Berkshire Music Festival has been held for 27 summers, Leinsdorf the precisionist gives way to a gay experimenter.

His latest experiment is a seldom-heard piece by Mozart—who in...

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