S itting in the front row at Carnegie Hall, there’s a moment I figure my goose is cooked. Let me explain. Having been given permission to observe one of the world’s great conductors in rehearsal, I’ve plonked myself down where I figure I’ll get a close look at Riccardo Muti from side on. Unfortunately, what I hadn’t reckoned on was that he might also get a close look at me, pad and pen poised, lurking anonymously...

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