Composer gives conductor a great big sloppy kiss

Composer gives conductor a great big sloppy kiss


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2019

At the Vienna #Konzerthaus Sofia Gubaidulina thanks Vadim Repin and conductor Andres Mustonen after the concert with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien-RSO Wien for the very successful performance of Dialogue: me and you, concert for violin and orchestra no. 3 (2018). This was the conclusion of four Gubaidulina events this weekend.



  • batonbaton says:

    At least she is generous and appears grateful. Ligeti, of course, always had sunflowers for his performers, even in recording sessions as he hurridly re-wrote passages and passed the still wet scores to Salonen et al to conduct direct on to disc. On several occasions I have witnessed composers coming to the platform after the premiere of their latest instantly forgettable magnum opus looking like they want to punch the conductor / soloist / ensemble.

    • MusicBear88 says:

      I have worked with composers that are extremely grateful that I have spent the time and effort to bring their work from the page to the audience, and I have worked with composers who seem to resent the fact that they can’t just program a machine to play their precious piece and have to suffer a human being screwing it up. I wonder which I’d rather work with…

  • Gabriel Vega says:

    Really? Your headline is desperate and rude to Gubaidulina.

  • Bruce says:

    Perhaps “Big Sloppy Kiss” is a figure of speech on that side of the pond? That’s the only way I can explain its use to describe this video clip.