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Bramwell Tovey mixes a mean musical cocktail
Bramwell Tovey mixes a mean musical cocktail

— It's tempting to call Bramwell Tovey the Noel Coward of conductors. In the past decade the native Brit has become renowned for his droll and witty remarks from concert stages. In June, as host of the New York Philharmonic Summertime Classics series, Tovey guided the orchestra through a dramatic, seductive performance of pieces from the ballet score "Raymonda" by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov. After the applause came to a rest, Tovey faced the full house at Avery Fisher Hall and offered his opinion of Glazunov, a contemporary of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. "I think he was right at the top of a second-class act," Tovey said. The audience...