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Riccardo Muti

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Classical Notes

May 6

May 27: Mutter Concert in Berlin

My Classical NotesDate/ 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:

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

April 11

Do conductors come in batches?

The question is raised by two new studies of the nebulous profession, both in German. Finlands Dirigenten, by the Helsinki critic Vesa Siren , is a compendious attempt to explain why so many recent baton stars come from a country of five million people who speak a language related to no other. Siren suggests some of it is to do with the Sibelius heritage and some with quirky teaching at the Sibelius Academy, which Jorma Panula turned into a production line for fresh batons. These considerations aside, Siren comprehensively dismisses the idea that all Finns come in on size, underlining the temperamental ocean that divides the extravagant Leif Segertam (pictured) from the exceedingly self-contained Paavo Berglund. Finns are nothing if not individualists. Siren’s book is an essential bedside dipper for the limitless eccentricities of Suomi men with sticks. Dirigenten by Peter Gülke is a different kettle of egos. A former music director in Wuppertal, Gülke delivers potted profiles of conductors whom he considers important, from Hans von Bülow to Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Even more notable are his omissions – which is any conductor (except Toscanini and Markevitch) who is not German. So: no Nikisch, Mengelberg, Monteux, Mravinsky, Koussevitsky, Kubelik, Abbado, Muti, Mitropoulos, Talich, Solti, Haitink…. it is staggering to imagine that so myopic and insular a history could be published today in Germany.

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