Teodor Currentzis: ‘I’m agoraphobic’

Teodor Currentzis: ‘I’m agoraphobic’


norman lebrecht

September 22, 2018

The Greco-Russian conductor gives a mystifying, mystic interview.

‘When people say I’m vegan, why don’t they have pity for the trees?’

‘I am melancholic.’

‘There was a girl who hated me. In a dream, I was in love with her.’

‘We are all dead.’



  • Caravaggio says:

    Oh dear. I’m currentzisphobic. And it didn’t take an interview.

  • Sue says:

    “I talk to the trees but they don’t listen to me…” Mad as a cut snake.

  • Sue2 says:

    To me what he says makes perfect sense! Maybe I am also ” mad as a cut snake” but if so I delight in it! He, like his music making, is expressing a strength of inner feeling which is so powerful I can hear it the moment I turn on my radio to one of his performances. There is an energy and drive in every note, which, whatever you might think of any musicological argument for this or that performance style, cannot be denied by any lover of real musical commitment surely?

  • Brian says:

    Teodor? Scared of fighting? I don’t think so, Ted!

  • Novagerio says:

    Seems like he wants to be some kind of Salvador Dalí of the podium …
    Apart from all the sensationalism around his selfmade cult as an “enfant terrible” – being original for the sake of originality, I must say I’ve gained some kind of respect fo him listening to his Bruckner’s 9th with the SWR Orchestra. It’s out there on YouTube.
    He gives in fact a rather profound and near-traditional version with great devotion and passion, and may I say, without completely disfiguring the music, as would be expected otherwise…

  • Derek says:

    It seems that he does it his own way, doesn’t want to conform and thinks it is good to take a fresh look at things.

    I haven’t seen much about him, but you know what, we shouldn’t fear or reject difference in approach readily and he may add something fresh to the scene.

    As mentioned by Novagerio, his Bruckner’s 9th is worth a listen. I will keep an open mind and watch with interest.

  • David A. Boxwell says:

    Now we know more about why his Mozart opera recordings are the way they are.

  • Robert Groen says:

    I agree with him on one thing: ‘Siam’ tutti morti!’ Leporello knew what he was talking about.

    • Tamino says:

      Ha, typical. There are those who know what they are talking about, and on the other side those who are talked about.
      Unfortunately the operas are usually named after the latter.

  • Alan O'Connor says:

    Whatever he is doing, people like it. You couldn’t beg a ticket for the Beethoven in Salzburg this year. And having heard some of it I was very impressed. Not that that will cut much slack with the sneering know it alls on here but hey, I know what I like. And I like his work.

  • Mark says:

    Even Freud would say – I give up …

  • Sue says:

    It’s not about the music, no. It’s all about meeeeeeeeee. Please, let’s just talk about meeeeee.

  • Mathias Broucek says:

    He certainly sounds like a narcissistic weirdo. But the recordings I’ve heard suggest he’s a gifted musician

  • Tamino says:

    Why do people find this narcissistic/psychopathological (take your pick) bullshit interesting, ever?
    Because someone is an uuuhhh ooohhh ARTIST?
    Does he have actually anything enlightening to say so an interview might make any sense?
    Otherwise just keep dancing in the cage, wild animal. To the sadistic (or masochistic) enjoyment of your audience.
    Signs of our times when marketing is everything and content is nothing.