Alan Gilbert has been given a two-year contract extension by the New York Philharmonic, which takes him up to 2016/17, four years from now.
His renewal was a foregone conclusion – to drop him after a single term would be both an admission of failure and unfair to Gilbert, who has greatly refreshed the repertoire after the predictable Maazel years. Neither party had other plans at this stage.
But his is still a tentative leadership, a wait-and-see arrangement. The statements from both sides are notably, and sensibly subdued. (Read them here. ) The glory years are a distant memory.