Two bearded maestros

Two bearded maestros


norman lebrecht

May 16, 2016

New release:

segerstam brahms


  • Gene Gaudette says:

    Album Cover of the yaer front-runner. So far.

  • Mr Oakmountain says:

    I’m sure there must be a photo of Eschenbach looking similar to Bruckner.
    Any other possible composer-conductor combinations that might work? Szell-Stravinsky perhaps?

  • DESR says:

    Alban Berg and Carlos Kleiber for the latter’s recording of Wozzeck would be interesting…
    Especially as they were father and son!

    Norman, can you find some relevant pictures and we can let readers judge?

  • DESR says:

    Have you ever seen Barenboim and Albright in the same room? They are clearly one and the same person! Duh…

    But Kleiber and Berg were father and son. The primary evidence is the close resemblance. But it also makes sense of Kleiber’s famously fragile and problematic relationship with Erich, his desire for approval from him (and possibly his choice of career) but then it all comes together in Wozzeck.

    The work his father wrote, and his other father conducted at its premiere.

  • Cyril Blair says:

    Christoph Eschenbach and Mike Myers’ Dr. Evil…

    Marin Alsop and Alfred Brendel…

  • Robert Hairgrove says:

    Only a private release, but I think this isn’t the first time the similarity was pointed out (Weissenberg and Rachmaninoff):

    I’m sure that Alexis Weissenberg was very aware, and perhaps proud of, the similarity.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Brahms’ classically-trimmed beard demonstrates more musical discipline than the bohemian wildgrowth of Segerstam. Where the one restricted himself to the number four, the other’s incontinence spills beyond the boundaries of musical meaning.

    • joey b says:

      And Brahms was not fat except maybe in the last year of his life. The two truly have nothing in common. But Leif believes it so hard so let him have it…

    • Holly Golightly says:

      Harsh. And, anyway, Johannes was more handsome.