Better one-quarter full than Proms empty

Better one-quarter full than Proms empty


norman lebrecht

September 02, 2020

This was the opening concert at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie last night, conducted by Alan Gilbert.

Deeply moving in many unexpected ways.



  • Adam says:

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  • Inchiquin says:

    Perhaps this piece by Turlough O’Carolan, Farewell to Music is appropriate in these cov-19 times. Ciara Taaffe.

  • mary says:

    Best career move ever, to have left NY which is not about to reopen anytime this decade.

    • at says:

      Gilbert never really settled in New York anyway; his home base throughout his NY Phil tenure was always Stockholm, and he and the family escaped there every opportunity they could.

    • Couperin says:

      Career move? Leave New York My friends in the orchestra brought a bottle of champagne to the meeting when they were sure he was announcing his departure. Toasted in the dressing room afterwards. Real talk.