Andre Kostelanetz plays to a devoted audience that is so large in its scope that it is virtually the entire population. He is the musical spokesman for the melodic majority, which includes everybody who likes a melody. His repertoire is drawn from a larger domain of music – from opera to gospel – than anybody else’s. He’s been doing it better and longer than the rest of the orchestral conductors and his seventh sense of what, among the new music, has lasting appeal and vitality is truly amazing.
There is always a distinguishable rhythmic beat in the Maestro’s renditions. Whatever style he is working in, the basic spirit of that style is brought over to orchestral arrangements that then blend into a generous personal style.
Label: CBS 64432