In a gentle baptismal interview with the Times – the only UK newspaper to carry classical interviews – the LPO’s Edward Gardner earns a million brownie points with this reader by recalling his formative musical experience. He says:
‘I’m thrilled to be chosen as principal conductor of the very orchestra that gave me my first truly inspirational symphonic experiences, when it was playing Mahler under Klaus Tennstedt back in the early 1980s.’
Play it again, Ed.
NL with KT, c.1991
In other comments, Gardner lampoons the BBC’s latest quest for ‘passionate minds’ in the 35-54 age range.
Gardner says: ‘I find that kind of age-group stereotyping incredibly patronising. What is it saying? That the over-54s listen without passion and only want Brahms symphonies? My belief is that if you are bold in your programming, and give absolutely everything you’ve got to your music-making, you will get a passionate response from people of all ages.’