Aussie stick wins third German orchestra

Nicholas Milton, who is stepping down as Generalmusikdirektor of the Saarländisches Staatsorchester ‘for personal reasons’, will take over next year as chief conductor in Gottingen.

Before Saarland, he spent six years as chief with the Jenaer Philharmonie.

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    • interesting!

      but I’m confused:
      wasn’t Sawallisch chief conductor at the time (I believe 61 to 73)?

      perhaps one was responsible for opera, three other for concerts …

        • The same is listed in Grove. Interestingly, if you read Swallisch’s entry in Grove in notes only ‘orchestral appointments in Hamburg and Vienna’…

          • Sir Charles was 1st Kapellmeister in Hamburg but Leopold Ludwig was GMD of the Opera (a post he held between 1951 and 1971). During Ludwig’s time at the Opera the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester had a separate GMD (Keilberth then Sawallisch) before the posts were reunited in the person of Horst Stein. Before Ludwig the posts were both held by Eugen Jochum from the time the two orchestras had merged in 1934.

          • sir Charles was offered the chance to replace Konwitchsky in Berlin, but as it was in east berlin with the non convertible Ostmark, he could not afford to accept.

    • Erm, what do you mean by “not strictly”?
      It’s not Germany. Period. The annexation of Austria was declared null and void in 1945.

  • the headline remains incorrect, whatever the historical details of Australian conducting talent in German orchestras might look like …

    it is Milton’s THIRD German orchestra, after Jena and Saarbrücken.

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