Mirga and DG must be made in heaven

Mirga and DG must be made in heaven


norman lebrecht

March 12, 2021

Everything she does, the yellow label puts it out.

Wherever she goes next, there will be recording angels in her wake.

This is her next British album – Walton’s Troilus and Cressida to follow the Britten Sinfonia da Requiem.



  • susanna almond says:

    Enough of the Mirga infatuation already. She does not live up to your hype.

  • RW2013 says:

    Blond crush strikes again.
    But has Deborah called yet?

  • W/E says:

    Failing record label grasps at overhyped “strong woman” conductor. What a surprise

  • PianistW says:

    Because she is a young woman and the market is right now biased towards that. Nothing to do with art or artistry, it is just about money.

    • Couperin says:

      Yeah? Would you rather have more discs of Barenboim playing with his talentless son?

      • Jan Kaznowski says:

        ==more discs of Barenboim playing with his talentless son?
        Fair point. The Beethoven + Mozart Piano Trio recordings show young B to have a thin sound and poor imagination. He should stay as a concertmaster. Actually, wasn’t it reported here that he’s joining a String Q as viola ?

  • Tamino says:

    Those are very interesting programs, no doubt, but no artist can produce recordings in the red numbers for ever.
    Recording labels are, contrary to common misbelieve, no charities.

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    “Everything she does…”

    err, SlippedDisc reports one. It’s getting like a fan site

  • Gustavo says:


    Chandos have released a whole month of French music.


    • Barry Guerrero says:

      When I click on the link, I see all types and nationalities of new releases – not just French

  • sabrinensis says:

    They keep trying to shove Mirga down our metaphorical throats. They haven’t figured out that she fills us with inertia. Just stop.

  • Harpo says:

    Perhaps when the time comes we can bypass that messy Royal Family and simply crown Mirga.

  • Amos says:

    There is nothing wrong with championing a young artist who has demonstrated extraordinary ability and potential for growth. My question/comment is that rather than demonstrating those qualities with the CBSO, as her predecessor AN did, her tenure was marked by activity that seems more befitting a principal guest conductor. Clearly what happened this past year is no one’s fault. Last, I have yet to hear her guest conduct an orchestra where I either wished to hear the performance again let alone buy a commercial recording.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Norman, I wish you would take up an orchestral instrument, so that you’d eventually learn that a conductor is not terribly different from a plumber. They have a job to do. They get paid to do it as best they can. Naturally, some are better than others. But ALL of them have their strong points, and nearly ALL of them have some blind sides. This is especially true today, when none of them have complete control over the players, and they ALL have to travel around quite a bit (pre-Covid, of course). They need to be very efficient with their time. That wasn’t true ‘back in the day’, when directors had total control over their respective orchestras and more leverage against their administrators. With the limited rehearsal time there is now, they’re really more managers and coaches than they are autocrats. Aside from knowing the music cold, they ALL have to have good people skills and excellent time management. The exaggerated great conductor/bad conductor routine is truly counterproductive.

  • Alexander T says:

    Like Rattle. Presentation above substance.
    At least she doesn’t pull ridiculous faces or conduct with her mouth open.

  • Hanna Nahan says:

    It’s not an album if you can’t buy it on a CD.

  • Zandonai says:

    “Everything she does, the yellow label puts it out.”
    …And SD publicizes and promotes it.

  • Tribonian says:

    If she cared half as much about the music as she does about herself and her image, she would maybe rise to mediocrity. Sadly she doesn’t.

    Please Norman, listen to a real conductor or two and stop this. Just go on YouTube and search for Klemperer….

  • Zandonai says:

    DG is merely following the money trail in today’s woke leftist, feminist, cancel culture.

  • Edward says:

    Notice that neither the Britten nor the Walton is released as a full-length album. I think DG is releasing this whole album as separate parts. It used the same strategy by releasing Ólafsson’s album “Reflections” in four parts, but I never saw you complain about that.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    DG’s homepage is less and less user-friendly everytime I access it.

  • Jack says:

    Great! I’m tired of the same retreads of some of this repertoire from fifty years ago. She is yet another talented conductor well worth experiencing. Doubtless some of your fusty readers will continue to write off any conductor who is not of the male gender.

  • Greg Tiwidichitch says:

    She has energy and is an optimistic and cheerful person. Kind of like Dudamel when he started. I guess the correct formula for conductorial success is be young, conduct with verve, and be happy and cheerful. That does sell well. The general public is not interested in the interpretation. If it’s a popular work then that’s all you need. The discriminating tastes of the past are gone. Another feather in the cap or eroding the fine arts to the not-so fine arts……..

  • M McAlpine says:

    Well, she’s a woman, so that has to be in her favour these days, I suppose, whatever the substance.