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Alex Ross' 2008 piece on "The Legend of Lenny" has the aura of magic about it:

In 1984, when I was fifteen and living in Washington, D.C., I stopped by the National Cathedral to watch Leonard Bernstein conduct a rehearsal of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony, the "Resurrection." [...] Like so many people in the late twentieth century, I was a small object swayed toward a life in music by the gravitational pull of the meandering planet Bernstein.

Speaking of Mahler, this photo shows Lenny ecstatically conducting the symphony's finale a few years earlier:


Here's a wider view of the same moment:


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