In a sweeping attack on Germany’s second musical city – at least, that’s how they rank it in Berlin – the Berlin Phil conductor told the Süddeutsche Zeitung this morning (not yet online) that the city needs to build a new concert hall if it wants to play with the big boys.
‘The Gasteig is one of those halls for conductors and orchestras to avoid,’ he proclaimed. ‘There is no space (in Munich) where you can play really well and is big enough for a full orchestra.’
The place to emulate, he added is Wuppertal (below), ‘acoustically one of the best in the world, like the Musikverein in Vienna.’
Let’s just list everyone he has insulted here:
1 Munich, which has been talking about a new hall and is finally getting around to preparing a site.
2 Mariss Jansons, who has been promised a new hall at Bavarian Radio but is too polite to bang on tables.
3 Lorin Maazel, likewise at the Munich Philharmonic.
4 Wuppertal, which does not need to be patronised.
5 Pretty much everyone in Bavaria, who do not take kindly to worldly advice from Berlin. (But that may have been his aim.)