Left, London Symphony Orchestra; right, Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times
Colin Davis, in 1973, left, and last year, leading the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, to which he returns this week.
By MICHAEL WHITE
You'll be disappointed if you read the article to find out what Maestro Davis's working on, besides his next season of concerts. We're told: "He knits (unstoppably)." And that's about it. Wouldn't I love to be a fly on the wall whilst the Maestro knits a sweater! I can definitely envision him involved with a dark-grey ruggedly-cabled Aran pullover--something to buffer him from the Stürm und Drang of music-making.
Well, of course knitting and music have much in common--eyes, hands, codes, instructions, patterns, counterpoint, coordination, color, repetition, problems, practice, tangles, knots, unwinding, beginnings, endings, creativity, warmth, soulfulness, fun, drama, imagination, tension, release, relaxation, discipline, beauty, history, heritage, life...