Meet Maestro Monosyllable

Guess who’s joined Facebook under a foreshortened name.


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  • I understand. Having a similar multi-syllabic German name that has been mispronounced and misspelled by English speakers in a multitude of different ways, I also tend to tell people to “call me Chris”.

  • Chris Esch led an interesting new piano concerto at the Salzburg Festival this summer, as his facebook page shows: neo-expressionist Wolfgang Rihm produced a colourful lament à la Alban Berg, but with a personal touch, harking back to the early 20th century, lovingly caressing a dying late romanticism. The piece has the smell of dead flowers, autumnal graveyards, and old photographs of Vienna. A remarkable and beautiful admission of regret and loss of a classical tradition.

  • Totally ridiculous! If anybody would actually be interested in Eschenbach’s Facebook entries, they would certainly know of him by his real name and if somebody was just discovering him for the first time on Facebook, then they would be lost in the follow-up. Eschenbach or ‘Esch’, as he now apparently prefers to be known, seems only to go from bad to worse, to the totally ridiculous. Has this man lost it? He seems to be a desperate loser with a penchant for money and very bad PR.

    • He only likes Tzimon Barto, so Ms. Penda has no chance. At least he keeps Mr. Barto away from performing too much with other conductors, sparing audiences from being subjected to narcissistic indulgence at the highest level.

      • It was a reference to the singer shortening her name for professional purposes, long after she was well-known by her own real name.

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