Whether it was in 2007 or 2008, it would turn out that bonny John’s very first time on the podium in the Albert Hall was (at age 35 or 36) conducting the 50-piece BBC Concert Orchestra in Sir William Walton’s score from the unseemly gorgeous war picture Battle of Britain. “Battle in the Air” is spirited, ravishing and very dramatic. I saw the film first run in Minneapolis, then again in London and then again in, of all places, Patras, Greece, but it’s the music I remember most.
Look at that punim. Du bist a gut zonneleh, Yonni.