The great maestro Maurice Andre had died. Thought you might like to know.
... sheer musical panache that accompanied that technique puts him at the top of the tree, for me.
Indeed. Summed up for me by this quotation from an interview he gave to the New York Times in 1983:
“You’re like a matador ... in a bull ring; I see flautists and oboists go on the stage gingerly. If you do that with the trumpet you’re finished. You have to go on as a winner.”
... Could almost have been talking about contesting, in fact ...