Stepping in for Lorin Maazel in Munich

Stepping in for Lorin Maazel in Munich


norman lebrecht

August 06, 2014

The Munich Philharmonic has patched together a concert season following the death of their music director.

Semyon Bychkov will open, spending three weeks with the orchestra after the summer break and conducting four programmes.

Others deputising are the 2015 music director Valery Gergiev, along with Zubin MehtaAsher FischMichael SanderlingPietari InkinenEivind Gullberg Jensen and Christoph Eschenbach. Three young conductors make their debut: Michał Nesterowicz Robert Trevino and Andris Poga.

A concert of Maazel’s compositions scheduled for his 85th birthday in March has been replaced with Richard Strauss.





  • wundertier says:

    Great to read that he recovered so quickly after having withdrawn recently and on short notice from the 2014 summer tour of the European Union Youth Orchestra (read their website: “With great regret, Semyon Bychkov is unable to conduct the EUYO this summer. As the result of an inflamed hip he has been advised a 6-week period of complete rest by his doctors, and unfortunately is obliged to withdraw from his four performances with the orchestra, at the Grafenegg Festival, the BBC Proms, and in Bolzano and Kassel,…”). It´s the business, stupid…..

    • sdReader says:

      Funny how that works, isn’t it?

      Perhaps he is in the running as Maazel’s successor.

      It could be worse … .

      Separately, it is sad that the Munich bureaucrats could not find someone, anyone, to lead Maazel’s music as scheduled on the 85th birthday.

      That would have been a REAL tribute to the man, more meaningful than the usual Trauer stuff.