The Vienna Phil yesterday nominated Andris Nelsons to conduct on New Year’s Day 2020.
Nelsons is a prize property of the Universal label Deutsche Grammophon.
In the same act as choosing Nelsons, the Vienna Phil also renewed its New Year’s Day contract with Sony Classical.
DG are crying foul. Their bid was not considered.
Sony’s boss, Bogdan Roscic, is about to become chief of the Vienna Opera, where he will control pay and conditions for members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Loose tongues are suggesting that the new Sony deal might be a rather nice welcome gesture from the VPO.
Not that we’d suspect anything of the sort.