Munich’s Abendzeitung has published a powerful piece by the well-connected Robert Braunmüller calling for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra to seek another chief conductor.
Mariss Jansons, 76, has just taken three months’ off on doctors’ advice. His contract runs until 2024. Braunmüller lists his cancellations over the past year before concluding:
In the next few years the BR Symphony Orchestra will need a chief conductor who is fit and present in Munich. The debate about the orchestras of public service broadcasting will continue, the pressure for cuts will increase. In addition, the new concert hall in the Werksviertel needs a representative head – and that can only be the chief conductor. Jansons stays far too rarely in Munich… Even at the season opening, he is distinguished by his absence. He gives the impression that he prefers to direct the BR Symphony Orchestra away from of Munich.
Read on here.