Yannick is at home on daytime TV

Yannick is at home on daytime TV


norman lebrecht

May 08, 2019

He seems to love the trivialities. This is Fox today.



  • Barry says:

    They may be trivialities, but they make him seem like a part of the community, which can’t be bad for a Music Director. We’ve been hearing people complain for years about conductors who just fly from city to city, not establishing roots.

    I know when the Orchestra hired Yannick that they were getting a very appealing personality in addition to a talented conductor. That’s exactly what they needed after the terrible business period they went though.

    • Barry says:

      And on a less trivial note, I’m looking forward to seeing him lead the Philadelphians in Mahler’s 9th this weekend.

      • Don Ciccio says:

        I did enjoy him recently conducting Dialogues des Carmélites at the Met. Indeed, so far I enjoyed more Yannick’s work at the Met than his concerts in Philadelphia. But I only attend a few Philadelphia Orchestra concerts a year since I don’t live in Philly. So I will let those who see him on a more regular basis give a more rounded picture.

        • Barry says:

          I’ve seen probably a third to a half of his Philadelphia programs. He’s not perfectly consistent, but how many conductors are? I walk out of the hall happy and sometimes very happy far more often than disappointed when he’s on the podium. I also think he’s shown a lot of growth since he started conducting here a little over a decade ago. I wasn’t sure if he was a good choice when he was first announced as music director. I thought Jurowski would be the better choice. But I haven’t had any such doubts for years. He was the right conductor and person at the right time for the Philadelphia.

          After Mahler’s 9th, I’m not going to any other concerts until the fall. My next two will be Yannick conducting Mahler’s 5th and the Bach B-Minor Mass. I’m very excited about all three. I saw him conduct the Mahler 5 a season or two before he took over as music director and thought it was a good performance. But he’s a more mature conductor now than he was then.

          • The View from America says:

            I’m not a resident of the Philly area, but was able to catch several of his concerts making up the Paris Festival in 2017 (music by Parisian composers or non-French composers associated with Paris). They were very fine concerts, and I wish he’d conduct more of that kind of repertoire in addition to his Bruckner, Mahler, etc.

  • Me! says:

    Absolutely charming, engaging broader community to expose to classical music AND doing good work encouraging shelter pet adoption-

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    This may not be a bad thing in raising the profile of the orchestra. I wish he balanced this orchestra better though. Last year when I heard them in Vienna the brass seemed over prominent, and they played too loudly in such an intimate hall. For me their playing did not match Cleveland & Boston orchestras which I also heard in the same hall.

    • Don Ciccio says:

      I don’t have problems with the brasses of the Philadelphia orchestra when I hear them play at home – Verizon Hall. But I do detect them when they play at the Kennedy Center, at Strathmore, or at Carnegie Hall. So I can well believe they were an issue at Musikverein (on the other hand the strings might have sounded divine in that hall).

      Here’s however a story. A few years ago I heard both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic in the same day. The Philadelphia Orchestra played Sheherezade at Verizon Hall. After a train ride I was at Carnegie Hall where the Vienna Philharmonic played Bruckner 9.

      The Vienna Philharmonic was, by far, the louder orchestra.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Very charming…. always impressive how animals behave on TV, in film, etc. – most of the time they know exactly what is being expected of them, as do babies and horses in Wild West movies. For people watching this video it must be quite a relief to discover that conductors are humans like themselves and are not hindered, like themselves, by the reduction of classical music, like Chopin’s, to nice elevator background noise, so that the human all-too-human can take foreground and that all attention can go to the really important things – the cats and the shortpants of the moderator.

  • Patrick says:

    What’s with the guy with no pants?

    • John Borstlap says:

      Possibly, he had not noticed his forgetfulness untill arrival at the studio and then it was too late for any correction. But another explanation is the supposed gender interest of the famous conductor, so that he would be put in a communicative mood.

  • Anthony Gigliotti says:

    Norman, that’s the WORLD today.

  • Eaglearts says:

    Who pissed in your muesli Norman? Why so bitchy?

  • Scott says:

    Sang Mahler 8 (chorus) with him in Philadelphia a few years back, one of the most extraordinary events in my life. To call him charismatic is to understate. Bravo, Maestro. Wishing you well, always.

  • Hans Kellner says:

    Norman: Your sneering tone, by now familiar, is tiresome. Your readers might have more interest in YNS’s punishing schedule this weekend:

    Thurs night: Mahler 9 with Philadelphia Orchestra
    Fri night: Mahler 9 with Philadelphia Orchestra
    Sat matinee: Dialogues des Carmelites at the Met
    Sat night: Mahler 9 with Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
    Sunday afternoon: Mahler 9 with Philadelphia Orchestra

    Humor is not your strength. Please do better.

    • John Borstlap says:

      That list is incredibly impressive. The guy must have nerves of steel. Some conductors need a week bed rest after Mahler 9 to overcome their spiritual catastrophe.

  • Rob says:

    Yannick is a great guy. Meow

  • physician says:

    Why is he going on Faux “News”…? Have pride, man!