Contrary to the veteran conductor’s claim that the orchestra ‘humilated’ and ignored’ him during its 125th year and beyond, we understand that strenuous efforts were made to include the former music director in the 125th programme – not just by the orch management but by its present conductor Mariss Jansons, who reached out personally to Haitink on several occasions, to no avail.
Haitink relented to the point that he agreed to conduct Mahler 3rd with the Concertgebouw next season. A booking was made. However, a few days before the brochure went to print he notified the orchestra of his withdrawal.
The Dutch old master’s bocott is, say orchestra sources, totally without foundation.