Jessica Duchen's Classical Music & Ballet Blog. Novelist/journalist JD writes for The Independent, London
Speaking of BTW, the latest from Peter Dobrin in the Philadelphia Inquirer on their search for a new music director is here, where he rates Maestro Jurowski:"Vladimir Jurowski has conducted here twice, once wonderfully and another time off-the-charts wonderfully. He returns in April to reveal his thoughts on Brahms and Strauss."Here is the program:"The Philadelphia Orchestra Vladimir Jurowski, conductor Nikolaj Znaider, violin Verizon Hall"A Musical Space Odyssey"LIGETI: Atmosphères BRAHMS: Violin Concerto R. STRAUSS: Also sprach ZarathustraJ. STRAUSS, JR.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz"Feel inspired to cross the Atlantic? :)
Haha. We got him first!!! :-) Should be a great concert, though.That's an interesting article. It says: "Musicians, too, must clarify their priorities. Do they want a great musician or a nice guy? Do they want to work hard in rehearsals, stretching for an interpretation they couldn't have imagined before, one that helps them evolve as artists? Or do they want a friend, someone who will end rehearsals early? Do they want animal magnetism, or a conductor who thinks it's important to honor the composer's intention?"Believe it or not, musicians, if given the final say, will generally plump for the nice guy who will be their friend and end rehearsals early. Sad but true. It's essential that opinion from within the ranks is tempered by someone who can see what's best for the orchestra in the grand scheme of things.
Well, the LPO did have a nearly 5-year headstart on Jurowski ;) . He did characterize one appearance with Philadelphia in that one earlier Dobrin article (from 2005, I think) a "very much like a love affair, which happens very rarely", or words to that effect. I'd have to travel quite a distance to hear Jurowski conduct this side of the Atlantic.It'll be interesting to read your thoughts on Christoph Eschenbach's guest appearance with the LPO this week, because of the one-man campaign that Dobrin waged successfully against Eschenbach's tenure in Philadelphia.You have a very good point about what orchestras want, at least if this 2003 New York Times article is anything to go by, where the New York Phil. concertmaster said of Lorin Maazel:"He's respectful and thorough, and he doesn't waste time".Of course, this is the same New York Phil. that eats conductors it doesn't like for breakfast, so I've heard.
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