The Spectator magazine thrives on turning the clock back. Here’s its associate editor, Damian Thompson:
…who knows what might have happened if the Berlin Philharmonic hadn’t chosen Rattle instead of Barenboim? Sir Simon is coming back to London in 2017. And bear in mind that Claudio Abbado gave the greatest concerts of his career as he was being eaten away by cancer in his seventies. Surely there’s still time to give the Berlin job to the man who should have got it in the first place.
Full article here.
UPDATE: For the other side of the argument, why Barenboim would be wrong for the job, click here.