Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Details just unveiled here.
I’m delighted to see the name of the young soloist on 10, 11 and 12 January 2014!
Fascinating to see how many gigs a certain mezzo-soprano gets throughout the season…
Why the snide allusion to Alan Gilbert? We know that Norman is not a fan but,frankly,so what? It is utterly obvious(in fact so obvious that it isn’t worth commenting on) that Gilbert is not Mahler,Toscanini,Barbirolli or Bernstein but he is proving to be an imaginative,thoroughly modern Music Director at the NYPO breathing life into the programming and the orchestra after the deathly conservatism of the Maazel era. And with the orchestra losing $1,000,000 a season perhaps it needs someone who understands how to survive in the 21st century.
It is also highly unlikely that he would be given two programmes in the BPO season if he were such a bad conductor.
Perhaps Norman would have been one of the critics who savaged Barbirolli during his tenure in New York………..
>>Gilbert is proving to be an imaginative,thoroughly modern Music Director at the NYPO
Absolutely. Look at that wonderful program last summer at Park Lane Armouries including Boulez In Memoriam and Stockhausen Gruppen. Swept away the cobwebs after the Maazel years
Interesting to see there’s no Thielemann next season , after all those rumours he might succeed Rattle.
Indeed. I really don’t get the ragging on Alan Gilbert. Agreed he’s probably not the deep interpreter of Beethoven, Mahler, Bruckner and Strauss that some of his predecessors and 70ish/80-ish guest conductors are, but a music director is also a leader of an institution, and Gilbert has made the Philharmonic interesting again.
Probably Thielemann’s “Zermürbungstaktik”. He has taken over Salzburg from BPO, has taken over the ZDF New Years concert from BPO, now he is avoiding Berlin, counting on the audience raising hell to BPO management about his absence. He has UNITEL behind him with a worldwide classical TV and streaming service in HD, better positioned than BPO’s own stagnant ‘Digital Concert Hall’. BPO’s Digital Concert Hall is already asking UNITEL to send their stuff occasionally.
Thielemann is just starving BPO until they come begging.
The only concert I would like to attend is the one where Jansons conduct. Not that I am an unconditional aficionado of this conductor, but the idea of Jansons conducting a piece by Birtwistle is as exotic as the idea of Boulez conducting a Buxtehude cantata. I’m sorry I’m going to miss that.
Is Thielemann making Berlin come and beg or are they making a statement? He’s the wrong man for the job. He would hark back to the old days of music making in principle but not in spirit. Nobody thinks he’s going to be Karajan II. He would be a mere imitator. Berlin is never going to be what it once was, so it’s time to step out and take a risk. Try something new, sort of. Realize that a huge percentage of today’s greats are Soviet. Petrenko, Jurowski, and Nelsons are young and achieving wonders with their orchestras. Nelsons is obviously the cream of the crop, guest conducting Berlin, Boston, Vienna, Bayreuth like the Up and Coming.
With the program, Berlin. Thank you.
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