New video: ‘A well-balanced football team plays like a symphony orchestra’ (Alan Gilbert says, yeah)

New video: ‘A well-balanced football team plays like a symphony orchestra’ (Alan Gilbert says, yeah)


norman lebrecht

November 04, 2013

The New York Philharmonic propaganda machine has been busy on CBS TV.



  • Scott Rose says:

    I do most sincerely hope that Mahler is looking far down his nose from heaven at this fatuous TV fluff piece.

  • Steve Wehmhoff says:

    I have to say that I liked the piece. While numerous other conductors, quarterbacks, teams and orchestras. And to be honest the NY Phil is the closest to the studios on West 57th. I have to say if this was directed at non-classical fans it was a good effort. I wonder if any classical fans might become fans of the NFL?

  • John Birge says:

    Yes, a rather tenuous 3-minute conceit stretched into 8 minutes. Kudos nonetheless to CBS News, Charlie Rose, & Wynton Marsalis for generously making that time for classical music on a mainstream network TV news broadcast. Meanwhile, over at NBC, it’s Matt Lauer dressed up as Pamela Anderson. Classy:

  • brendanball says:

    Didn’t Sir Alex Ferguson say that last year?

    • Una says:

      Love your humour, Brendan 🙂 If he did, bet it didn’t take him that long to say it on the News!!!

      • brendanball says:

        Hi Una, thanks for the reply. I was having a little fun. However, this is a snippet from Norman’s own piece in May, “… The BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, naming the departing Manchester United manager as ‘the greatest living Briton’, quoted in self-justification today a remark Sir Alex made to a Harvard audience about the lesson he had learned from watching a symphony orchestra. Here’s exactly what Sir Alex said:

        I remember going to see Andrea Bocelli, the opera singer. I had never been to a classical concert in my life. But I am watching this and thinking about the co-ordination and the teamwork — one starts and one stops, just fantastic. So I spoke to my players about the orchestra — how they are a perfect team.”

  • Greg Hlatky says:

    We can only hope the Philharmonic is having a better season than the Giants.

  • Ken Weiss says:

    Allan Bloom was right

  • The musicians don’t have to deal with getting their brains scrambled when THEY play.

  • So which football team is playing like the Minnesota Orchestra at the moment?

    • Martin says:

      Soon the French pro teams for one weekend, because the idiot club owners feel they need an exception from the “millionaire’s tax” for their footballers. They should be glad that still enough of the French public fork out money on watching those overpaid and overpresent Blatterians.