This morning’s buzz over Alan Gilbert’s appointment as music director in Hamburg is confined strictly to the music business and few media strap-hangers. Gilbert is a decent conductor, in his fifties. Hamburg has a fine hall. But will anything change? Has word of the announcement made your blood race?
What was the last time you leaped up shouting ‘eureka!’ at a music director appointment?
Kirill in Berlin? Mirga in Birmingham? These are rare exceptions.
Mostly, the negotiations take so long and are so leaky that the actual announcement is greeted with ‘yeah, right…’ or ‘same-old, same-old…’
There has to be a better way of introducing a change-maker.
UPDATE: A tweet from the two orchestras concerned:
— Elbphilharmonie (@elbphilharmonie) June 23, 2017