Holland’s second orchestra is hit by conductor cancellation

Holland’s second orchestra is hit by conductor cancellation


norman lebrecht

November 17, 2013

First Mariss Jansons pulled out at the last minute of the Concertgebouw’s China tour.

Now the Rotterdam Philharmonic has been hit by Yannick Nezet-Séguin’s withdrawal from this week’s trip to Linz, Vienna and St Petersburg.

Is there some viral Dutch bug we should know about?


Latest on Mariss: He has rejoined the orchestra in Japan.

mariss paavo


  • They wanted to go but were foiled by the quota system in Holland, the Dutch Cap.

  • Answer: NO. These bloody foreigners leading these outstanding Dutch orchestras is preposterous. Why engaging such kind of guys although in Holland we have enough middle-of-the-road-ones by ourselfs? (Please don’t kick me! Thank You 🙂

  • Indeed there is a typical Dutch bug which causes hollanditis. The locals are imune to it since they are the survivers of generations of victims of this mysterious affection. The symtoms are a sudden stage fright and the obsessive idea that your best achievements count for nothing and that any artistic endeavor is merely some sort of entertainment for left-wing elites. Janssons’ withdrawel in China is thus fully explained, since that country is filled to the brim with left-wing thinking. (The photo of Janssons shows the typical facial hollandite expression, easily recognized by therapists and first described in the July 1995 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.) The bug is caught right at the beginning of musical job contracts in Holland, followed by an incubation period which can extend from 2 to 10 years or longer, and then suddenly burst into the open with egalitarian inferiority obsessions. Researchers at DUMB (Darlington University of Musical Bugs) carried-out experiments which show that at least one factor which weakens the artistic defense system is the flat landscape of the Netherlands, which together with weather conditions create the vulnerability to infections, positively lethal for foreign musicians innocently settling in the Low Lands.

  • Neil van der Linden says:

    A Dutch treat.

    Anyhow again, the Concertgebouw is a building in Amsterdam, that is quite immobile, even though during some thorough renovation project about twenty years ago it hung almost in the air. The orchestra that travels with or without Janssons is the (Royal) Concertgebouw Orchestra, which is a separate entity.