In this age of adulation of youth it is always heartwarming to see or hear elderly people excel. That is one of the reasons why I enjoy watching mature maestros conducting classical music. One of my great favourites is the French Maestro Georges Prêtre (born in 1924).
Prêtre seems to have such a wonderful relationship with the musicians. When conducting his body and face radiate the experience, wisdom - and I dare say humanity - acquired during a long career. All this leads to beautiful music, which of course is the purpose of a concert.
But I have found that even only watching Prêtre conduct, with the sound turned off, is a treat!
The pictures shown here are from a concert with the Wiener Symphoniker in 2009.