Furious FAZ attack on Currentzis for ‘shameless ego trip’News
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, not a paper prone to strong language, has launched a brutal assault on the calculated eccentricities of the Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis, who was selected by the Salzburg Festival to conduct Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
In an exceptionally colourful polemic, the veteran commentator and author Jürgen Kesting lets rip:
… After an aesthetic terrorist attack like the Salzburg “Don Giovanni” staged with a mallet, it is not easy to organize one’s thoughts. I found the performance, with ideas and punch lines propelled like grapeshot, a nuisance…. Was it the director or the conductor, both sacred cows?
… Strange that visitors to “Don Giovanni” feted the shameless ego trip of the conductor Teodor Currentzis, who heaved himself onto the stage with his orchestra and was celebrated as the real protagonist in a blaze of strobe lights. While the public may no longer flock to the former priests of high art, it now harkens to the call of a sect leader, cheering an egomaniac radiated by media fame without suspecting or feeling that it is despised by him.
That’s telling ’em. Read on here.