I grew up watching this collaboration between Sting, Claudio Abbado, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. I always loved the puppetry, and the way in which they blended Peter and the Wolf with the Classical Symphony, where Prokofiev is invited to sit at table with the great composers preceding him.
So, yes, he was an amazing conductor, and touched us all. That’s quite incredible, don’t you think? That we all have a memory of this man, and he’s touched and influenced each of us, in our own ways.
I share with you my own memory of him, which is this first impression on an impressionable boy from a small town who grew to love music because of shows like this :)