Sicklist: Dohnanyi’s out again

No sooner did he conduct the Elektra revival at La Scala than Christoph von Dohnanyi, 89, pulled out of the second performance yesterday.

He was replaced at a few hours’ notice by Markus Stenz, who is presently rehearsing the Kurtag world premiere, Fin de partie.

The orchestra gave him a standing ovation, not a common occurrence at La Scala.


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  • I envy anyone who had the chance to attend each maestro’s performance at La Scala. Donhanyi’s Strauss is second to none. And Stenz is a marvelous musician. His Mozart C minor Mass in Utah last season, was an absolutely superb performance from that very fine orchestra and chorus.

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