Friday, June 23, 2017
Two years ago, the Met orchestra was rocked by the resignation of both principal flutes. Denis Bouriakov went to Dudamel’s Los Angeles Philharmonic and Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson to Muti’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A years ago, the Met hired two stand-ins on a one-year contract : Demarre McGill, principal flute of Dallas, and Erik Gratton, principal of Nashville. Due to the delays involving tenure, auditions were not held to replace them until last week. On Friday, Gratton won the first place and Chelsea Knox the second. That means Demarre McGill, hugely gifted and popular, is left without a seat in this cruel game of musical chairs. He won’t go long without one. However…. and here’s the twist in the tale … we hear the Erik Gratton is telling friends he’s undecided whether to take the Met job or to return to Nashville, where his wife is associate concertmaster. Nothing’s easy in this musical world.
Italian media have just reported the death of Philip Gossett, editor of the critical Verdi edition, as well as many Rossini scores. Philip, who died today in Chicago after a long illness, was 76. Many maestros have expressed their gratitude for his deft work in clarifying uncertain passages in Verdi, chief among them Riccardo Muti, who worked with him on Attila and Rigoletto. He wrote two books on Donizetti and a third on performing practice in Italian opera.
Riccardo Muti will conduct Cosi fan tutte at the Vienna State Opera in 2019. His daughter Chiara Muti will direct. ‘She proved her talent with Manon Lescaut in Rome and Marriage of Figaro in Naples and Bari,’ says Papa Muti to the Italian press.
Alex Klein had been principal oboist at the CSO before - from 1995 to 2004, when he had to resign due to the effects of focal dystonia. After a dozen years of recovery and retooling his technique, Klein re-auditioned for and returned to his old job last year, with the usual two-season probationary period. But the musicians' tenure review committee and music director Riccardo Muti (who has final say) decided last month not to keep Klein on.
It is reported by John von Rhein that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has refused tenure to Alex Klein, the principal oboe, at the end of his probationary period. The Brazilian virtuoso held the seat from 1995 to 2004 when he was forced to retire with focal dystonia, a disability that affected two fingers of his left hand. His return last year was greeted as a personal victory over a debilitating condition, a triumph of the human will. During the season his artistry has been praised several times by Riccardo Muti, the music director. The CSO’s decision to withhold tenure was communicated to Alex Klein last month. It is now being questioned by some members of the orchestra and by Klein’s attorney, who is demanding that the CSO clarify its reasons. Neither side will comment until the process is resolved.
Date/ Time: May 27, 2017; 8:00 PM Venue: Berlin, Philharmonie Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, 10785 Berlin, Germany Performing artists: Berliner Philharmoniker Conductor Riccardo Muti soloist: Anne-Sophie Mutter, violinist Program: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major op. 35 Symphonie Nr. 4 in F minor op. 36 Tickets Berliner Philharmoniker Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1 D-10785 Berlin Tickethotline: +49 – (0)30 254 88 999 – Fax: +49 – (0)30 254 88 323 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org