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22.2.18

#morninglistening to #Mozart #pianoconcertos w/@asmf_orchestra...



#morninglistening to #Mozart #pianoconcertos w/@asmf_orchestra & #AlfredBrendel & #Marriner:

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#Marrinerlistening

Artless Mozart performances that hold up very nicely indeed. Don’t understand why they are sometimes panned.

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City of Munich and Munich Philharmonic Renew Valery Gergiev Amidst Many Critical Overtones

Valery Gergiev Stays In Munich, Extends Contract To 2025



So, Gergiev's contract as chief conductor of the MPhil gets extended until 2025. Big deal, huh?

Outsiders may think that the renewal of his contract should have been a slam-dunk; in fact, many onlookers had been surprised that Gergiev had chosen to make Munich his main orchestral base in the West. When he signed the contract, I suggested that those who wondered why the world famous wunder-maestro Gergiev had signed on with the widely considered provincial, second-tier Munich Philharmonic, look at a map: Munich is nice and central and has a great airport with excellent connections: It's a perfect base for international operations. Gergiev had been wanting a position with a central European orchestra; it’s where most of the classical music action is and the gig is one of the best-remunerated positions in the business. (See also ionarts: Valery Gergiev Signs Contract With Munich Philharmonic)

Apart from the issue as to why Gergiev signed in Munich, there is also the question of why Munich signed with Gergiev. The reason is the Munich Philharmonic's strange mixture of an inflated sense of self ("one of the greatest orchestras in the world") and a complete lack of self-esteem that expresses itself in the near-desperate way in which it needs to get the biggest possible name -- all other qualities being secondary at best -- out there to reinforce the self-image.

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Where the Berlin Philharmonic are perfectly happy going with an internationally rather unknown quantity like Kirill Petrenko (granted an easy choice, when you know that he's as close to a Carlos Kleiber of our days as it gets), where the New York Philharmonic is happy to name someone with relatively little international stature like Jaap van Zweden as their next chief conductor, simply (presumably) because they are convinced of his ability, the Munich Philharmonic has a tendency (as do many orchestras!) to desperately match their perceived fame with the perceived fame of a conductor. It's usually a recipe for disaster or, at best, civilized boredom.

In that sense getting Gergiev was a coup for the orchestra. International attention. Recording projects. Reviews. The whole chalupa! So what if he is notorious unpunctual. He's got a drive to himself, he gets things done, he has connections. True, he is a bit much reliant on soloists in his circle (Matsuev again?!) but that circle also includes sheer blazing talent (Behzod Abduraimov and Denis Kozhukhin anyone? Or Trifonov?). Unfortunately for the Munich authorities, both musical and political, Gergiev attracts unwanted attention for his association with the Russian regime of Putin - a very good acquaintance of his from their St. Petersburg days and someone without whose support, tacit or explicit, Gergiev could never have achieved as much with the rebuilding of the Mariinsky Theater (institution, orchestra, everything). Guilty by association, Gergiev gets blamed for everything we (rightly, usually) don't like about the Russian government.




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It is expected that he kowtow to journalists that drill him on his alleged or tacit support for the less savory aspects of Russian policy, but of course he won't. He knows that back at home, there's no separation of politics and arts... and while he doesn't get involved in Russian politics in the West, he cannot separate them abroad by distancing himself publically from them, either. It's not impossible that he supports these policies. It's much more likely that he doesn't particularly care; music, his own little art-empire and the people that work for are likely more important. Probably he just thinks that the Western journalists are so ignorant of the situation on the ground in Russia, that it's not worth bothering with them in the first place; they wouldn't understand. Perhaps he doesn't care that much altogether. It doesn't matter: He's made a scapegoat by the righteous set who are offended that Gergiev considers -- to radically reduce the issue to its essence -- Putin afar more important than them a-near.

Other, more sensitive and sensible journalists don't hone in as much on the political aspect. Even if they are bothered by Gergiev's refusal to outright condemn Russian laws like the one that banned 'propagation of non-traditional forms of lifestyle', which hits close to home to many classical music journalists in Munich (and beyond). Not that it is in the least his job to comment on Russian policy, even if he's perceived a friend of some of Russia's powerful political leaders. They are worried that Gergiev simply isn't all that great for the orchestra or the orchestra not that great with him; that his mastery of the Germanic core repertoire is not nearly at the level of the music he excels in. That the concerts are boring, thick-textured, under-rehearsed. That his leadership style, while it can be inspiring in the short run, is exhausting in the medium- and long-term. That's a good point; it's a point I tend to agree with. (If Gergiev produced musical results akin to those of K.Petrenko, I don't think we would be having this discussion, even if were Putin's backrub-buddy or if they played bridge with Bashar al-Assad and Recep Erdoğan.) Still, for the Munich Philharmonic it is -- even for all the cynical and psychologically unhealthy aspects that are part of it -- probably a net benefit to have Gergiev at the head of the orchestra. And that's the point, apart from sharing the news, I am making in this piece for Forbes on which I hope you might click and better yet: enjoy.


Forbes: Valery Gergiev Stays In Munich, Extends Contract To 2025

#morninglistening to #Gershwin w/@sslso & @kirillgerstein on...



#morninglistening to #Gershwin w/@sslso & @kirillgerstein on @myriosclassics

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includes a fantastic essay by #JosephHorowitz!

#RhapsodyInBlue in Grofé’s 1924 “Whiteman band” orchestration.

#ConcertoInF et al.

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21.2.18

#morninglistening to @Munich_Phil in #Bruckner’s 4th...



#morninglistening to @Munich_Phil in #Bruckner’s 4th #Symphony:

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under @ValeryGergiev who extended his contract with the orchestra until 2025 today - a move that has been accompanied by some critical noises for political and artistic reasons.

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20.2.18

#morninglistening to one of the classic #Debussy recordings on...



#morninglistening to one of the classic #Debussy recordings on @dgclassics

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The #Preludes w/#ClaudioArrau

Darn, this is still terrific, too! Regal and nobly warm.

comparing it to the complete #ClaudeDebussy Edition’s contents, feat. #PierreLaurentAimard.

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This set brings together the 1979 Preludes & Imahes w/the 1980 Estampes and the 1991 sessions.



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#morninglistening to #Schumann w/#Widmann, #TabeaZimmermann...



#morninglistening to #Schumann w/#Widmann, #TabeaZimmermann & #DenesVarjon on @myriosclassics

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in the #FairyTales op.132, #Fantasiestücke op.73 & #Märchenbilder op.113 + #JörgWidmann’s #OnceUponATime riff on Schumann.

Stupendous performances whether you specifically want that #WorldPremiereRecording on it or not

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19.2.18

#morninglistening to one of the classic #Debussy recordings on...



#morninglistening to one of the classic #Debussy recordings on @dgclassics

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The #Preludes w/#KrystianZimerman

comparing it to the complete #ClaudeDebussy Edition’s contents, feat. #PierreLaurentAimard.

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#morninglistening to terrific #Froberger release on @aeolusianer...



#morninglistening to terrific #Froberger release on @aeolusianer w/ #BobvanAsperen

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on #organ & #harpsichord. #Toccatas interspersed with #motets. Perhaps the ideal entry point for #JohannJakobFroberger

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