Backstage with Brian Bell
and Robert Spano

Robert Spano developed a unique chemistry with the Boston Symphony Orchestra during his stint as assistant conductor 1990–1993, and he has maintained a relationship with the BSO ever since. In a 1998 conversation with Brian Bell, Spano talks about the importance of tempo, the virtue of lightness, and Felix Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony. Also, he explains why German-born Mendelssohn was really one of the greatest composers of Italian music.

ListenHear interview with conductor Robert Spano (9:37)