Maestro, 92, thanks each member of the orchestra

Maestro, 92, thanks each member of the orchestra


norman lebrecht

November 08, 2019

This is Herbert Blomstedt last night, greeting every single player in the NHK Symphony after their concert.



  • Aaron Herschel says:

    No news really. How was the concert ?

    • Esther Cavett says:

      ==No news really.

      Huh ? No, it’s wonderful news really.

      Can you imagine, say Lorin Maazel having done that after a concert? No he’d have been be off for dinner with his broker or catching a flight somewhere.

      • Manu says:

        Very elegant from your side making these comments about a departed person, who a part from what you may say is a legend. All my sympathy for Mr Blomstedt, who is remarkable, but as a conductor he is just galaxies away from the level of Maestro Maazel.

      • Phil says:

        I honestly don’t get why people beat up on Maazel so much after his death. The guy was a genius (ask any member of the NYP) and was much better than the guy before and the guy after him with the New York Philharmonic. Yeah, he played around with the tempos a lot, but Bernstein did it too and everybody seems to love him for it.

    • Olassus says:

      Go away.

    • Mario Lutz says:

      In the present times of absence of courtesy, this is really a new, a good new.

  • sam says:

    It’s an unfortunate trend, everybody needs to be recognized these days, first it used to be exceptional solos, then it was all solos (exceptional or not), then it was all first chairs (whether they had a solo or not), then the entire section (can’t discriminate!), today, it’s every player because every player is an MVP (Most Valuable Player, if only in his own mind).

    Soon, the conductor must congratulate each member of the audience for not coughing too loud during the concert.

  • Rob says:

    Blomstedt always gives a good concert, and one of his main conducting heroes was Furtwangler.

  • Alan says:

    Old style Class.

  • Gustavo says:

    The last Grandseigneur?

  • sorin says:

    Graceful conductor especially when one sees and hears him live.Bright and inventful conducting.

  • AnnaT says:

    Blomstedt is wonderful.

  • Kei says:

    ぶっちゃけた話ですが 日本のクラシック業界での人種差別は最低。被害者として絶対に許せない。世界の恥だよ 日本は!

    Conductor is very gentleman. Thank you for your kindness.

  • Roger says:

    What a gentleman!

  • Alank says:

    I met the Maestro after a magnificent concert in Leipzig. Despite conducting the Mendelssohn Symphony 2 and signing CDs for 30 minutes or so afterwards, the great man who just turned 90, excitedly chatted to me about the program and the virtues of the LGHO. What a lovely man. May he conduct for years past the beloved Haitink!

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous man, in every way!!!

  • Karl says:

    He has class.

  • Novagerio says:

    Sam and Aaron, have you guys run out of psychopharmaca?…

  • FrauGeigerin says:

    Definitely not a common thing. In my humble opinion a bit unnecessary.

    After a long concert, and while I appreciate the appreciation of the audience, the thing I want the least is to stand for 5-10′ while the conductor enters and exits with the violin on my hand. Blomstedt for sure would need at least 10 extra minutes to move around the stage to shake every musician’s hand. It is a nice gesture, but it is also a nice gesture to let us go home so we can spend some time with our families.

    Blomstedt is not the best conductor (he does have a rather mediocre technique), but somehow he always gets great results in performance. And in rehearsal what he says does always make a difference…

    • GeorgeH says:

      I agree. I hate it when conductors want to overstay on the podium after the concert to enjoy their “ego shower”, while us have to stand and what we really want is to go home and see our wives/husbands/Xfriends/partners/children/families and sleep!

  • Jim says:

    As a member of a major American orchestra (non title position), I would say that getting a “thank you” and personal greeting from the Maestro, though not obligatory, would be much appreciated.