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Sicklist: Yannick’s out

March 15, 2016 by norman lebrecht

9 comments.


The Canadian Yannick Nézét-Seguin has pulled out of a prestige date with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival.

He has been diagnosed with ‘a short-term condition’ that requires medical treatment.

His replacement is Pittsburgh’s Manfred Honeck. The programme is olde-worlde: Brahms Tragic Overture, Schumann cello concerto (Yo Yo Ma) and Tchaikovsky Pathetique Symphony.

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Comments (9)

  1. Richard says:

    Hope he recovers – I just saw him conduct a wonderful Mahler 8 in Philadelphia on March 11, 2016.

    1. Alan Karnovitz says:

      I was at the March 12 Mahler 8th. It was terrific but he looked quite drained afterward. But then again who would not. The Philadelphia Orchestra played as well as I have ever heard them play- resplendent brass, beautifully tuned woodwinds, and yes those marvelous string sections.

      1. NYMike says:

        Yep – still among the top 2 or 3 in the word despite what some Eurocentrics think.

    2. CA says:

      I was in Philly for M8 on March 10. It was just fantastic, beyond words, and he was truly remarkable in form and interpretation of this masterpiece.

  2. Ron Stark says:

    Funny it’s the “Canadian” Yannick, but “Pittsburgh’s” Manfred Honeck.
    It may make your mouth burn to say it, but it’s “Philadelphia’s” Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
    Unless, of course, you want to go with “Austria’s” Manfred Honeck?

    1. John de Jong says:

      And why not Rotterdam’s Yannick?

      Just Yannick is all right.

      1. Geoff says:

        Montreal’s Yannick

    2. Anon says:

      Disagree.
      Yannick is mentioned at the top of the article, and in general relation to his health as well as the one concert cited; he is Canadian, so the statement is both correct and fair.

      The mention of Honeck, on the other hand, is in relation directly to this one concert only, so it is more relevant to mention the orchestra he is associated with. It’s “Pittsburgh’s Honeck” in relation to the “Berlin Phil in Baden Baden”, not in relation to Yannick.

      (and furthermore, Honeck is closely associated with Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh only – Yannick holds several strong and titled orchestra relationships and it might be odd to single out any individual one of those at this stage)

  3. Olassus says:

    There are plenty of people who could do the Met job.


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