Pay 100 bucks to watch Maestro rehearse

Pay 100 bucks to watch Maestro rehearse


norman lebrecht

November 15, 2019

The Lucerne Festival is charging visitors 100 Swiss francs* for the opportunity of watching the exotic Teodor Currentzis rehearse his group Musica Aeterna.

They are working very hard at creating a cult of Currentzis but this goes way off piste:

“Teodor Currentzis rehearses Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony”

If you would like to become better acquainted with Teodor Currentzis and see how he works with musicAeterna, you will not want to miss this workshop. In the course of a public rehearsal, he will refine his interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Afterward, Currentzis will offer insights into his understanding of Beethoven and explain how he arrives at his interpretation of this composer.

The festival, by the way, is no longer called the Lucerne Easter Festival but, noisily, TEODOR.

People are getting seriously piste off.

* 1SFr = US$1.01


  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    Yes, exotic indeed. Perhaps I may yet be won over by this idiosyncratic conductor, but at the moment he seems to me too self indulgent to take seriously.

  • Gustavo says:

    How’s the Currentzi at the moment?

  • Alviano says:

    This doesn’t seem out-of-line to me. I’d be interested in going. Then I would know if Currentzis really was as wacko as some say. I don’t think I’d pay 100 CHF though.

    Currentzis is hardly the first conductor to be made the object of a cult.

    I do, however, think the picture on the Festival’s web site is dumb.

  • Tamino says:

    Mammon Aeterna.
    The homeless ensemble must be desperate for money. In any serious concert venue, professional insiders used to be able to attend rehearsals for free. And conductors would often talk about their ideas in pre-concert talks. Included with the ticket price.
    Will there be simultaneous translation from Russian to French and English at least?
    Can one for an additional fee witness Currentzis receiving a shoulder massage. And for a small circle can a blowjob session with Maestro be visited? I think that’s essential for understanding his interpretations of Beethoven.

    • Lisenok0108 says:

      That will be a real challenge to understand what he talks about, both for the interpreter and the audience. Most of time he pretends to be super spiritual hiding behind his equally incomprehensible English and Russian. Cannot judge his native Greek, though.

  • Hermann Lederer says:

    Lucerne is right! Whi is so stupid to go there should pay even more!

  • Marcello says:

    There is no more Lucerne Festival at Easter. Instead there is (next year anyway) a 4-day event called “Teodor” with three concerts and some additional events.
    This year’s Piano festival (starting tomorrow) is also the last one. Lucerne will concentrate on the summer festival.

  • sam says:

    “the exotic Teodor Currentzis”

    Yuja Wang is exotic.

    Currentzis is quixotic.

  • ej says:

    Well, i reckon if there is no more Easter Festival this event is the new Easter Sunday resurrection.

  • FrauGeigerin says:

    I would not even go for free.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Market forces will be at work.

  • M McAlpine says:

    100 bucks to watch a guy rehearse? He must have an ego charging that much! I son;’t think even Karajan did that, did he?

  • Michael says:

    I would not go if they paid ME 100 bucks.

  • Creador Turrenzis says:

    Come to my place to see and hear me rehearse Double Bass!!! Private sessions for just for 50 euro’s an hour!

  • Larry W says:

    How much is the chorus paying to sing?

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, the amount of hate for Currentzis on this website, from Norman included, is incredible.
    Even greater than for Putin or Gergiev!
    You can dislike Currentzis’ interpretations. People get stuck-up with age after all.
    But don’t you have anything better to do than scapegoat a poor man on the Internet?
    People in Switzerland are rich. A 100 bucks is nothing to them. I’m sure there are plenty of people there who thought, like me, that he does great concerts, and that his music-making is more exciting than about 95% of everything else out there. So what’s all the fuss about?
    Btw, 100% of the dislikes on this post will be donated to the charity ‘For a better Internet’, which helps old hags leaving bitter comments on Slippedisc to reintegrate society and get a second chance.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    What DO you expect in the age and culture of narcissism? It’s always all about meeeeeeeeeee.

  • Sünneli says:

    Schon mal was von Currentzis Lab gehört?
    Wer von euch war schon mal an einem Konzert von musicaeterna????

  • Oksana Gekk says:

    Dear all,

    please see the official statement of musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis’s press office below:

    As tickets are being sold for the open rehearsal of musicAeterna (conducted by Teodor Currentzis), which is planned for April 3 as part of the Lucerne festival, we would like to inform you that a mistake has occurred on the festival administration’s part and will be corrected as soon as possible. All musicAeterna’s open rehearsals are free for the audience to attend; the same goes for master classes, lectures and other educational projects curated by Teodor Currentzis in Russia and Europe. This is maestro’s position of principle.

    The educational programme is a vital part of musicAeterna’s activity and ideology: in modern art, the audience is just as much a notable part of the creative process as the authors and performers are. A number of projects by Teodor Currentzis are accompanied by the ‘contemporary listener’ laboratory – educational events such as open rehearsals, meetups with artists, and master classes; this way, the audience can study the performed piece in great detail and witness the process of its creation.

    We expect the Lucerne festival officials to refund any payments received for the tickets and to organize free attendance for the open rehearsal.