Last week I posted a youtube video of Riccardo Muti conducting the overture to La forza del destino under REHEARSAL INFORMATION (it’s still there). I like that youthful performance (from 1981) but someone mentioned that there was too much background noise, so I did another youtube search and found a whole bunch of other videos of Muti conducting the same piece. One is with Vienna, another with Berlin, etc. Here’s one with La scala:
I also found one with Valery Gergiev conducting. He isn’t using a baton. It’s actually a toothpick. Let me know what you think!