In the new issue of the Spectator, I have written – with reference to Daniel Barenboim – about the way conductors have evolved from tyrants to man-managers.
Barenboim’s generation replaced dictatorial terror with mental pressure. The genial Claudio Abbado would say nothing in rehearsal but, as he left, would drop a name in the manager’s ear and a certain musician would be de-rostered for his next visit. Zubin Mehta, unfailingly agreeable and workmanlike, used orchestra managers as his hatchet men.
Read on here.