The London Evening Standard, once a well-informed newspaper runs the following headline:
Trust Sir Simon Rattle over new £278m concert hall, says top conductor
Now who could that be? Thielemann, Mehta, Barenboim, Nelsons, Dudamel, Muti, Chailly?
No, it’s Yuri Bashmet, the violist, whose activities as a conductor are confined largely to his own ensemble.
The report continues: Mr Bashmet, who, along with recently departed LSO head Valery Gergiev, is regarded as one of the two best conductors in Russia, said the Barbican, Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall were “very good”, but that all great cities needed to “think of the future”.
The interns have taken over the asylum. And the PRs are spinning them like mad.
Rattle’s proposed site