Harding cancels LA with repetitive strain

The LA Phil, caught short by a late Daniel Harding cancellation, has had to change its programme and press assistant conductor Paolo Bortolameolli into service.

Paolo will conduct

KNUSSEN O Hototogisu! fragment of a Japonisme (U.S. premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
after Harding phoned in the recurrence of a  a repetitive strain injury in his right shoulder.

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      • No, but I’ve played under conductors who can rehearse and conduct just fine without needing to mirror left and right hands and I’ve played under conductors for whom using both doesn’t help.

        It doesn’t take two hands to beat time and cue and it doesn’t take two hands to explain what you want at rehearsal.

        Keyboard players have been conducting with their chins for decades.

        • Conducting from the keyboard is doable when playing something like Mozart or Baroque music. But something like Bruckner or more modern stuff really does require a conductor able to use both hands.

      • Nothing about conducting that necessarily has to be done with the right arm. Donald Runnicles does quite well as a lefty. But he does have the use of his right arm for the stuff many conductors do with their left.

  • This was the original program
    KNUSSEN : O Hototogisu! fragment of a Japonisme (US premiere)
    Olga NEUWIRTH : Masaot/Clocks without Hands (West Coast premiere)
    BRUCKNER : Symphony No. 4

  • Overperformed and undermaintained: not good for conductors’ health… Sorry. Cynicism aside, I hope Daniel recovers well. He might benefit looking at footage of Richard Strauss: the man barely uses his arms and hands, and mostly his eyes – keeping time and giving only the most necessary indications.

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