Just in: Flying Finn takes over Christmas concert from Covid+ Luisi

Just in: Flying Finn takes over Christmas concert from Covid+ Luisi


norman lebrecht

December 18, 2020

The everywhere conductor Klaus Mäkelä has jumped in for the Concertgebouworkest’s 2020 Christmas Matinee.

Fabio Luisi, who was booked for the Christmas Matinee, has tested positive for covid-19 and is quarantined for ten days.


  • Curious says:

    Looks like he has an excellent agent.
    Does anybody know who his agent is?

  • John Borstlap says:

    Very best wishes for maestro Luisi.

  • Like for the 7th of La Scala, the 25th of the RCO is a very nice surprise and a little miracle. Normally it would be possible to watch that on the replay of the dutch tv NPO. Even if we are not dutch.

  • Derek says:

    One can only wonder how much money were spent to promote this young talent

    • Derek H says:

      Hello there are now two of us!

      In order to avoid confusion, in future, I will post with an Initial attached to my name,
      Derek H

  • Edgar Self says:

    Eccolo, orragio e sapristi, caro Fabio Luisi, with every wish for escape or recovery You are needed here and elsewhere, with high regard and affection.

  • John Kelly says:

    Best wishes to Maestro Luisi!

  • Peter San Diego says:

    All best wishes to Maestro Luisi for an easy and swift passage to recovery!

  • William Safford says:

    Best wishes to Fabio Luisi for a rapid and complete recovery.

    For shame, all those who continue to deny the veracity or the significance of this pandemic.

    • Hayne says:

      Don’t worry. WHO finally admits PCR tests don’t work well and give many false positives.
      Positive cases will fall and our amazing vaccines will be shown to work:)

      • Maria says:

        Better than false negatives!

        • Hayne says:

          I don’t think you understand what the PCR tests are being used for. It’s certainly not for “false negatives.”

          • William Safford says:

            There is a huge difference between a false positive and a false negative, when it comes to the spread of this pernicious disease.

            If someone has a false positive test, then he or she will stay isolated as if infected, when in fact not infected. Or at least we hope that someone will do so. That is an inconvenience to the individual, possibly a burden, but at least disease is not being spread to others.

            If someone has a false negative, then that person is (or, depending on the test, could be) infected. Emboldened by the false negative, that person could unwittingly spread the disease to others, thus leading to further sickness and death, and the spread of this pandemic.

            Neither is good, both are bad, but it is important to understand the facts, and the consequences, of both failure modes.

  • Hmus says:

    Best wishes for Maestro Luisi for a quick return.

  • Ali Sadik says:

    Klaus Makela is NOT “the everywhere conductor” as you mistakingly call him. He is just a boy in his twenties with a good start and growing reputation in some European countries. A real everywhere conductor is Valeri Gergiev. How come you did not know that? Well, we all make mistakes.