How to mishandle Renee Fleming in Straussmain
A young conductor, Jesper Nordin, prepared the Copenhagen Philharmonic for a performance of Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite, followed by Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Renee Fleming. Krystian Järvi then arrived to take over the general rehearsal and the concert.
The young conductor (below) watched closely…. and did not like what he saw. Not one little bit. Here‘s how he describes it on a new blog.
Here’s a sample quote:
I was surprised to find Mrs. Fleming unfocused, the orchestra too loud and Järvi extremely nonchalant.
By some, his casual body language when conducting – when it looks the best, it’s somewhat akin to a Bernstein or Charles Munch – is interpreted as ‘charming’ and as being extremely ‘on top of everything’.
As in: “Oh look, his beats are so random he must not care how it looks – simply because he’s so good it doesn’t matter!!” I didn’t quite mean that as sarcastic as it may seem, but to those who believe it doesn’t matter how a conductor beats or ‘carries himself on the podium’, I can’t begin to tell you how wrong you are.