Sicklist: Mariss is out again

Sicklist: Mariss is out again


norman lebrecht

November 03, 2019

Mariss Jansons has withdrawn from the Bavarian Radio Symphony’s tour to Antwerp, Luxembourg and Essen this week, on health grounds.

Daniel Harding jumps in.

UPDATE: Website statement: Mariss Jansons is confident of a recovery in time for the concerts at Carnegie Hall on 8 and 9 November and expects to conduct the programs as originally planned.


  • AnySchiffInAStorm says:

    Harding is much better in any case.

  • Olassus says:

    Question is, who will jump in when Mariss is out for good? Nobody wants to talk about that. Yet their love for him has them taking it to the brink. There will be a four-year hole, I suppose.

    • Tamino says:

      I’m not sure it can be called love. It seems more like an abuse from the outside. The man needs to rest. He has a severe heart disease.

      • Petros Linardos says:

        Abuse? Is any side working against their wishes? Jansons has been living on the edge for about two decades, doing memorable work all along.

        • Sue Sonata Form says:

          He’ll die in the job and that’s what he wants. Good luck to him in the meantime.

        • Tamino says:

          It’s not about wishes. It’s about doing the right thing.
          Of course management of BRSO could always claim ‘who are we to stop him if he is eager to do it.’ but that’s a somewhat unethical position, since they know it is against medical advice and against reason. They ab-use him as their PR-figurehead in that sense.

    • AnySchiffInAStorm says:

      Love? They got used to playing on autopilot.

    • Mathias Broucek says:

      A previous BRSO interregnum (when Kondrashin died) wasn’t good for the orchestra, I understand….

  • Esther Cavett says:

    ==The man needs to rest.

    Yes, well said. Menuhin was once very critical of the Soviets who forced David Oistrakh to tour after he’d had a serious heart attack. And here is MJ doing it of his own volition (apparently)

  • Julien says:

    He didn’t look fit in Paris on October 31st. The concert was very good though, the vitality of the music making contradicting the obvious frailty of the man.
    He’s supposed to be in Vienna at the end of the month for 4 concerts in a row : I wonder if he’ll have the strength to conduct. I very much hope so.

  • phf655 says:

    The orchestra is scheduled to appear in Carnegie Hall on Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9. As of Sunday evening New York time, the Carnegie Hall website still lists Jansons as conductor.

  • Don Ciccio says:

    As of now he’s still listed on Carnegie Hall’s website to lead next week’s concerts.

    In any case, let’s wish what’s best for him. Hopefully he’ll know to listen to his body.

  • Anton Bruckner says:

    But isn’t Harding nowadays an Air France pilot? Who will jump in for him on the plane?

  • David H Spence says:

    Harding’s Schumann overture and Beethoven 6 at the Proms with Orch de Paris this past summer was just flat-out dull, workaday.

  • Rob says:

    The games up. It’s time to retire.

    and I wouldn’t attend the concert based on the replacement.

  • ML says:

    Haitink has not ruled out substituting for a colleague in Europe (unfortunately not in North America) even though he is officially retired.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Daniel jumps in? Is he sky-diving now, since he became a pilot?:-)