Both the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Bayerische Rundfunk website are firming up earlier reports that Valery Gergiev will become chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic in 2015. All the deal needs is city council approval, and that is hardly likely to be withheld.
Slipped Disc is treating these excitements with circumspection. If Berlin’s in the reckoning, why shack up with Munich? Unless it’s a two-year warm-up for the Rattle job. The only source for these reports so far is Munich’s cultural concillor, Hans-Georg Küppers.
We’re trying to reach Valery’s people for confirmation. Will keep you posted.