1 He’s too busy
with East-West Diwan, Mideast politics, world events.
2 He’s too well-known in Berlin…
as music director of the Staatsoper since 1992, there would be no novelty value.
3 He’s been everywhere, done everything….
at Paris Opera, Chicago Symphony, La Scala. Does he really need Berlin Phil?
4 He’s 72.
5 He’s available.
6 The Berlin Phil needs to show fresh direction and new thinking.
7 It needs someone who gets new media.
8 Someone who can look beyond the history, beyond the image.
9 It needs a 21st century citizen.
10 In any business, music or motorcars, it’s always a mistake to hire someone you rejected last time round.