A year ago, Gidon Kremer posted on this site the reasons for his walkout on the Verbier Festival. It had, he said, become obsessed with star names and music business. It was no longer the ideal he had subscribed to.
Kremer’s objections drew huge support from around the music world, most cogently from Fabio Luisi, principal conductor at the Met. It amounted to a heartfelt cry to the classical circuit to change it ways before it is too late.
So has Verbier changed?
Last night, Christian Tetzlaff called in sick and the Brahms concerto had to be reallocated. It was fabulous opportunity to give a young player a chance to shine in an international event.
What did Verbier do?
They replaced Tetzlaff with Maxim Vengerov. Really progressive.