Sick-list: Franz cancels Munich

Sick-list: Franz cancels Munich


norman lebrecht

May 03, 2016

Franz Welser-Möst has pulled out of this week’s three concerts with Bavarian Radio.

His replacement is Karl-Heinz Steffens.

Er? Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

welser-most salzburg



  • John Groves says:

    Just because Norman hasn’t heard of him doesn’t mean he’s not much more than competent – in fact rather good!!

    • Stefan says:

      He’s one of the worst conductors I ever had the misfortune to hear! But he is rather well known and not only in Germany. He will be the new boss at the norwegian national opera.
      I simple Wiki search would have shown this…

      • Olassus says:

        See his Kalendar at the above site. He is one busy dude. I heard him in concert three years ago and was not unimpressed. But his workload now suggests he is a Zubin Mehta type, doing anything, everything, in the same perfunctory way — i.e. not interesting.

  • Halldor says:

    Former principal clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic: thought everyone knew that? It’s not nothing.

    • Gerhard says:

      And before joining Berlin Phil he had been principal clarinet for several years with this very same Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

      • Thaddeus Watson says:

        I’m happy that someone knows what is going on here! Thank you! Steffens is a wonderful musician and a joy to work with.

  • Nicola Lefanun says:

    ==Just because Norman hasn’t heard of him

    In fact Steffens has been mentioned several times in Slipped Disc. A quick search can show that KhS is not a total unknown !!