The Hollywood actress Holly Hunter has been telling Finnish television how sorry she is that the New York Philharmonic failed to sign Esa-Pekka Salonen as its next music director. ‘We didn’t get him, darn it,’ she says, hand clutched to heart.
Holly speaks on this video at 2:40. She calls him ‘one of the most brilliant conductors in the world’.
But here’s the nub.
Sipped Disc hears from an impeccable source that the New York Philharmonic never made a formal offer to Esa-Pekka to be its music director. After months of hype and a high level of support from the players, NY Phil president Matthew Van Besien did not put an offer to the conductor and his agent.
When no terms were offered, Esa-Pekka announced in two interviews that he wasn’t up for the job. That’s how New York lost him. Now it can be told.