Leipzig to announce music director next week

Leipzig to announce music director next week


norman lebrecht

September 04, 2015

Riccardo Chailly’s resignation appears to have been well-coordinated. We hear that a media conference will be called midweek to introduce his Gewadnhaus successor.

Meanwhile, at La Scala, the house cats are smiling. Chailly intends to devote more time to his opera job after next June, especially to its philharmonic orchestra.




  • Erich says:

    Rumours say Nelsons but we all know how false they can be…

  • Jevgeniy says:

    could be Luisi?

  • Gilles says:

    Paavo Järvi ?

  • Gilles says:

    More seriously Ticciati, Bychkov, Heras Casado ?

  • Louy says:

    Alan Gilbert.

  • Astoria Wagner says:

    Alan Gilbert – pretty likely!

  • Slightly informed insider says:

    John Eliot Gardiner has been increasing his presence in Leipzig a great deal recently. He worked extensively with the NDR orchestra in the past as well. Only an informed guess, but maybe watch that space with especial care…

    • Tom says:

      Given how Jeggy’s last appearance with Leipzig went (gleefully reported in Private Eye – players weren’t at all convinced by his take on Brahms 1 so did it their own way…) that sounds like a pretty unlikely turn of events!

      • Alexander Hall says:

        He wasn’t a roaring success in Hamburg either, evidenced by the fact that his initial three-year contract as principal conductor of the NDR Symphony was not renewed. Some people are particularly good at going against the grain and rubbing people up the wrong way: remember the fisticuffs that JEG had with an LSO player?

        • Max Grimm says:

          While I agree with most of the above comments regarding JEG, I do believe that he would have had to leave Hamburg either way, as he had entered into a fixed-term 3 year contract that expressly lacked an extension-clause from the start.

  • Extreme idiot says:

    It will be Alan Gilbert. Leaving NY around this time, said he likes guest conducting specifically in Germany, stepped in for Chailly last year on tour, etc.

  • Jim says:

    Limey? What is this, 1920?

  • DLowe says:

    Vladimir Jurowski? He was mentioned as a dark horse for Berlin, but he’s surely bound for a position at one of Europe’s best orchestras.

  • David Spence says:

    Vladimir Jurowski a dark horse for Berlin – what a thought! The man who won the Berlin job should have been considered a dark horse for the position both then and now. And what of the fate of the Southwest German Radio SO (now to be merged with the South German RSO)? I’d say put Metzmacher there, in Xavier-Roth’s place and let the newly merged ensemble be as best a bastion for twentieth century and contemporary music. Beethoven and with a few exceptions at most, Mahler cycles under Michael Gielen achieved truly considerable musical integrity. It must be figured out how to continue on with a truly illustrious tradition as since Hans Rosbuad this ensemble has maintained so very well.

  • urania says:

    Well, most of the names quoted are overrated. There are only few around who do serve music in a true artistically sense. So I do not care acutally. The hype about all these Divas, Maestros, Startenors is just stardust….no stars around anymore… the very few who are are hidden behind the clouds….they do not like all these PR actions.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      ” most of the names quoted are overrated”

      Anybody can say that. Please give a name of someone who isn’t overrated. I think all this business of expecting conductors to be Bruno Walter the very second they first step on to a podium is ridiculous. As Mahler said himself – in his last year – a conductor is little more than a necessary evil. Orchestras know ALL the standard rep. so well that I almost think it makes little difference who’s up in front of them. Yes, some are better than others.

  • urania says:

    Yes orchestras all know the standard repertoire and the case in most concerts is that the orchestras are doing well covering up for conductors who do not even know the beat. Conducting behind the orchestra, giving a show and public is happy. I will not give any names….a conductor should bring the orchestra out of routine and bring a spark in the music making. But helas the public nowadays is happy with so called ‘junk food’. I start to avoid big names most of the time now. And the standard repertoire….we need more!!!

  • Holger H. says:

    Why nobody mentioned Herbert Blomstedt? On paper 88 years old, the man apparently has found the secret receipt for eternal youth and a comeback in Leipzig for another ten years seems not unlikely.

  • Bennie says:

    it could be Yannick Nezet Seguin.