Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
It’s the Italian Gianluigi Gelmetti, formerly of Stuttgart and Sydney.
OMG. Well… he does live in Monte Carlo I guess…
… and formerly Music Director of the Monte Carlo Philharmonic!
Gelmetti has a [redacted] small repertoire, work as little as possible, eat good foods, drink good wines and lots of siestas.
Please tell him to invite me to lunch at the Louis XV, chez Ducasse, aux frais de la Princesse. I shall write a full report for Slipped Disc.
Comment by Oschner is pure defamation that deserves a lawsuit. I have been student and assistant of Gelmetti for years and actually I do not talk with him a my judge of him as a human being is really poor but has not a small repertore, he has a huge one even if he prefers to concentrate his work on less titles in last years, He works a lot studying night and day. Besides this why eat good food or dring good wine should be a problem? Internet can be really a dirty job used in such a way by frustrated people…
Maestro Parisi, Oschner is unfortunately correct in his opinion about Gelmetti. [redacted] I know members of RSO Stuttgart got tired of Gelmetti’s way of working. The level of the orchestra went down considerably when he was the Chief Conductor there
Sorry but I know people of that orchestra who thinks opposite. Anyway an opinion is an opinion and can be said and written without offending a conductor. If he has been named in so many high level orchestra this means that a lot of players appreciates his conducting.
Sorry but the players are not the ones that
decide, almost never… Unfortunately!
I have seen Gelmetti a few times with the RSO Stuttgart and found the concerts generally very good. I very well remember a performance of Le sacre du printemps with the BBC So at the Proms in the late 80s which was very impressive, one of the best I have heard. I don’t really know how big his repertoire is, but in Stuttgart, he did a lot of contemporary music, including world premieres, so it’s probably not as small as was suggested here.
Gelmetti started at Sydney with a bang and and flash, and wowed with his eccentricities, flair and panache in the early days. Problem is, he kept sticking to the same repertoire in the later years – especially with Beethoven and various French works. That’s why there will be people in Sydney who won’t remember him fondly. What he gave Sydney, though, I think, was a bit more of a singing tone than they had with the more austere Edo de Waart. But de Waart built the orchestra’s quality and consistency, which Gelmetti, I don’t think, built upon. That was clear when Ashkenazy arrived and took the orchestra to new heights. However, if Monte Carlo wants an embraceable, effusive conductor who brings a nice singing quality, then Gelmetti will be a good fit.
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