From my profile of the Berlin Philharmonic’s incoming chief conductor in today’s Spectator:
It’s hard to keep count of the moulds he has broken. He will be Berlin’s first Russian chief, its first beard since Arthur Nikisch (died 1922), its first Jew. At the time of his election he had not worked with the Berlin Philharmonic for more than four years and had no plans to return. Yet the moment the ballot was cast, Berlin players told anyone who would listen that he was exactly what was needed — a breach with the stolid fixities of orchestral music and a leap into the void with a leader of firm principles who might, just might, cleanse the system of its toxic delusions.
Could Kirill Petrenko be the long-awaited saviour of classical music?
Read on here.