Monday, February 08, 2016

Gap Year

Facts to consider:
So the question arises: what happens in 2017-18?

Well, the NYPO can look to the north, to the seasons between James Levine's resignation from the BSO and the commencement of Andris Nelsons' tenure there: the BSO had two full seasons of guest conductors.

Or the NYPO can look to the south, where Charles Dutoit's long relationship with the orchestra included several years when he was music director but was, I believe, considered to be a placeholder between Christoph Eschenbach and a long-term appointee, in this case, Yannick Nezhet-Seguin.

Or the NYPO could look to former music directors, except there aren't many of them around:
  • Leonard Bernstein (d. 1990)
  • Pierre Boulez (d. 2016)
  • Zubin Mehta (turns 80 this year)
  • Kurt Masur (d. 2015)
  • Lorin Maazel (d. 2014)
A year of Mehta, just what they need! Maybe Dutoit is available to save the day?

Of course, future former music director Alan Gilbert might have some time free in 2017-18; he has not announced a new appointment, and, well, at opera companies it's common for an outgoing intendant to take significant responsibility for the years following his or her departure. And the announcement of van Zweden's appointment did note that he will conduct several weeks in 17-18, as music director designate. And maybe a conductor who holds no music directorship could take the helm for a year: Semyon Bychkov.


Paul Pelkonen said...

Dutoit sort of did double duty between Boston and Philly for a few years leading some magnificent if bombastic concerts. Bychkov is terrific. And I'm sure AG will take some weeks out of the schedule too.

Lisa Hirsch said...

The problem with Bychkov might be that he'd make van Zweden look bad. :)

I'm a Dutoit fan; he's conducted some great stuff in SF the last few years. Wish I could figure out why they postponed his scheduled Berlioz Requiem - well, the season announcement for SFS will be soon, so....

Anonymous said...

Dutoit I have mixed feelings about. He can be slow and dull at times. Bychkov, though, is one of my favorite current conductors.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Bychkov is great, but he has something in common with Esa-Pekka Salonen: he does not want the administrative hassles of being music director of a US orchestra. Don't know if he could be persuaded to be a sort of in-house guest conductor.