Mariss Jansons’ on-off tour with the Bavarian Radio Symphony has hit its biggest pothole yet with his withdrawal from tonight’s concert at Carnegie Hall.
Liverpool’s Vasily Petrenko jumps in.
The problems appear to be persistent.
UPDATE: He was apparently unwell in last night’s concert.
New York Classical Review reports: He seemed physically exhausted on Friday evening, at times barely giving a beat and struggling to lift his arms as high as his score. The concertmaster often beat time with the scroll of his violin, suggesting that Jansons wasn’t entirely in control of the performance…
Concerns about Jansons only became keener at the start of the second half: the orchestra did not return to the stage for a good fifteen minutes after the audience was seated, and the conductor himself did not appear until several minutes thereafter.
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