Breaking: Carnegie Hall drops Gergiev

Breaking: Carnegie Hall drops Gergiev


norman lebrecht

February 24, 2022

The hall announced tonight that, in consultation with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, it has agreed that Valery Gergiev should not conduct this weekend, nor should Denis Matsuev appear as soloist. Both are close associates and apologists for President Putin.

Gergiev will be replaced by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

A great deal of private pressure was applied to the hall to lead to this outcome. It is not yet clear if US Government pressure was also involved. This is the worst possible outcome for Gergiev, who will now face aditional demands from his Munich employers to distance himslf from the Ukraine aggression.

The Vienna Philharmonic, too, do not come out of it well.

Here’s the Carnegie statement:

New York, NY, February 24, 2022)—Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra today jointly announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will step in for Valery Gergiev leading the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in three concerts at Carnegie Hall from Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27. In addition, pianist Denis Matsuev will not perform with the orchestra on Friday, February 25. The soloist for this program is to be announced. The concert programs for the Vienna Philharmonic’s three performances will remain as planned. Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are immensely grateful to Yannick Nézet-Séguin for stepping in for these performances at very short notice.


UPDATE: Up to this morning both the VPO chairman Daniel Froschauer and Carnegie Hall’s president Clive Gillinson expressed a view that artists were entitled to political opinions. Both knowingly obliterated the fact that Gergiev and Matsuev are outright propagandists for Putin and his actions in Ukraine. Both will now need to justify themselves on assumptions of hypocrisy.


  • miketherookie says:

    Well done Norman!

  • Amos says:

    Well done Carnegie Hall.

  • Me says:

    Should have been the firsts to drop him;
    It s a pitty that italians had to show them the way

    • Metoo says:

      Actually not so, the orchestra from Muti is still scheduled to play in Moscou during the next days and pressuring the musicians to go there;-)

  • I very much doubt the US government is stepping in. It has bigger targets to fry and the public will do this small stuff anyway.

  • RW2013 says:

    Should we all start dusting off the Rach 2?

  • DG says:

    Well done! No one will miss him, and YNS is a luxury sub. Maybe the concert will even start on time, since Gergiev has a habit of rolling in late for his performances.

    • MacroV says:

      I experienced that at some of his concerts in Moscow, but in the U.S. union contracts – time is money – generally keep him on time, I suspect. You don’t want the Carnegie stagehands going into OT.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      Oh, sorry, I thought YNS wasn’t fashionable – given all the negative comments about him here on SD in the past. Pictures of him in hotel beds and snide commentary. You Americans do hypocrisy and cancellation so very very well. It’s an art form in itself.

  • John kelly says:

    Good decision. I turned in my tickets. Still not going. It will be underrehearsed, much as I like YNS

  • V.Lind says:

    I think at this point the Vienna Phil WILL have nothing more to say on Gergiev.

    No need to crow over this capitulation, or demand breast-beating. Action as desired was taken. Subsequent moves by other halls and orchestras will take care of all that.

    Much more interesting to see who’s playing the piano.

  • Matthias says:

    Good move!

  • Schoenberglover says:

    Lucky them, it’ll probably be a better musical performance as well given how little Gergiev rehearses.

  • Max Raimi says:

    He conducted us in a thrilling performance of Berlioz “Romeo and Juliet” here in Chicago; I’ll never forget it. Unless he stops being an apologist for the monster in the Kremlin, I hope never to see him again.

  • Mock Mahler says:

    Whew! I didn’t tear up my ticket. I expect one kind of drama will be replaced by another. Also there will be some music.

    Interesting that with 27 hours to go (as of this writing), the pianist in Rach 2 is “to be announced.” Let’s hope it will not be Yannick himself!

  • Phillip says:

    Though it seems obvious, the press release doesn’t say that anyone was dismissed or fired, just that there are personnel changes for the concerts. Will the Putin minions get to leave the US with many, many dollars or will they be forced off the money train too?

  • Linda says:

    Any guesses as to who will be replacing Matsuev? Or will there be a last minute change of program?

    • MWnyc says:

      There are probably at least a dozen pianists who live in metro NYC and have Rach 2 in their repertoires. It all depends on who’s in town and available.

      Another question is which pianist might be available on short notice to go to Florida next week.

  • Sergei says:

    I hope the US officials will arrest Gergiev and Matsuev as all other oligarchs, who are currently in the USA.

    • DopplerPianoTuner says:

      Arrest Matsuev for the brutality of his tone. He runs out to the piano from the wings, then makes it scream.

  • Against Russian aggression says:


  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    Apparently no one told the WP: their website (at 23:32 CET, Thursday night) still has what’s-his-name listed as conductor for all three concerts at Carnegie and the shows in Naples.

    Adds a bit, I think, as to where and by whom the decision was made. Something which will likely be debated for some time (and should be).

    But we all REALLY need to take a moment and devote it, quietly, to the people of the Ukraine! May they find shelter and food and some comfort until this mess, hopefully, comes to a quick and – for them – painless conclusion.

    As for me? I’ll gladly pay more for heat now that the dreaded Gazprom ist ins Österreich gestorben!

  • A.L. says:

    Excellent news. Valentina Lisitsa has gone through hell and back, and rightly so, for her unabashed support of Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. Why, then, is Anna Netrebko exempt from the same consequences? After all, she also supports Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine and has even helped them with monetary donations. Not to mention that she is in Gergiev’s inner circle and, by close association, Putin. Isn’t it time, then, that the Met and other houses dropped her? It is a really bad case of moral failure to hold some to account but not others.

  • M McGrath says:

    Hurrah for a tiny victory. Let the people speak louder in the future. I for one am tired of the political elite taking the freedom to trash the US Constitution, invade foreign countries, etc., assuming we’re all too busy with our apps to notice that we’re being taken for fools.

  • Rob says:

    Maybe they were stopped at border control and put on the first flight back. Check out Nézet-Séguin’s Tchaikovsky 6, it’s actually pretty great and street’s ahead of Gergiev’s with the VPO.

  • justsaying says:

    It’ll be an interesting time. Don’t forget, not all classical-music donors tend liberal. Meanwhile, Trump and his team are currently market-testing outright support of Putin as a further way to undermine the US gov’t. We could see some revealing squabbles in the classical-music world over the next few weeks.

    • Karl says:

      Putin invaded Georgia is 2008 and Bush did nothing. Putin invaded Crimea in 2014 and Obama did nothing. Putin didn’t invade any country while Trump was President. That’s because Trump is respected and knows how to handle foreign policy.

      • Bill says:

        Alternative explanation: he didn’t have to invade to get what he wanted from his pet Trump.

      • David says:

        Trump has said publicly he approved of the invasion.

        • Matt D says:

          You’re an idiot. Degenerate. I remember when the left cheered for Putin in the Rep of Georgia in 2008. Then stood back dumbfounded in 2014. And now this. Your weakness shines strong in your vapid photo.

      • guest says:

        And this why he invaded the Ukraine in 2022, he gets these strange impulses every six years 😉 Should have been 2021 but he can’t count.

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        Putin never moved while Trump was in office. That’s because he recognized another unpredictable bully. The man in his dotage in the White House right now has no hope at all. (How do you tell when Biden is reading? He’s speaking.)

      • Mikey says:

        You brainless half wit.

      • Edward says:

        You state an actual fact and these people don’t want to admit it… So typical…

  • Disappointed Austrian says:

    Well done private donors of Carnegie Hall!

  • M McGrath says:

    Now maybe we can convince the Bavarian politicians deciding who leads the Munich Philharmonic to learn from the Vienna’s stupidity and kick Gergiev’s buttinsky into Russian airspace. Germany has had enough experience with dictators to know that this is the right way, the only way forward.

  • music lover says:

    Froschauer acted sensibly.The consultations were most likely under way when the VPO released its statement.Since Carnegie Hall is the organizer of the concerts,it´s up to Carnegie Hall to make the decision.Froschauer couldn´t spill the beans ..YNS came to my mind immediately since he has led superb performances of all works recently(both Rachmaninoff works also recorded for DG,the symphony for further release).And he is in town.

    • guest says:

      Au contraire.
      1. If negotiations were underway, Froschauer issuing a public statement before the decision was known to them, is the opposite of sensible.
      2. Spilling the beans means the decision was know to him, in which case making a contrary announcement was downright stupid.
      He hasn’t done VPO’s public image any favors with that statement.

      Carnegie Hall may be the organizer of the concert, but it doesn’t follow they hired Gergiev themselves. It is possible they did hire just the VPO, and VPO hired Gergiev, in which case Froschauer going public with that statement at such a time, when anyone with half a brain could have guessed negotiations were coming (if not already underway), casts an even poorer light on him.

      • Matthias says:

        We haven’t heard a word from Froschauer since the war began. If you are referring to the statement published on Slipped Disc, that was by an incredibly tone deaf press officer. She only quoted Froschauer in one sentence. I can understand that the VPO didn’t want to drop Gergiev as long as there was no war, but the full scale invasion made him untenable, so they did the right thing and dropped him.

      • Gustavo says:

        It wasn’t an official statement but and answer to a query by Larry Lash, wasn’t it?

        And to be faire, the whole world was taken by surprise, and no one can expect members of the VPO to be hanging around in the internet all day.

        I believe VPO were travelling, rehearsing, sleeping just to wake up and get pressurised immediately by the news.

        • guest says:

          @Gustavo We can’t have it both ways. Either the statement came from Froschauer himself, or it came from the press officer, who may or may not travel with them, but certainly wasn’t rehearsing with them. If they were travelling, rehearsing, or sleeping, and just woke up, they should have sat down and drink a coffee first, there’s no such thing as being pressurized by news into a statement when you are just an orchestra. First you digest the news, consult with others (Carnegie Hall), then react, if reaction is called for. If not, you stay put. Knee jerk reaction is unworthy of an orchestra of VPO’s stature.

      • MacroV says:

        Presenters in general – and Carnegie in particular – can have a lot of say over what the orchestras they present do. Repertoire, conductors, soloists. Usually for box-office reasons. By contract Carnegie probably couldn’t tell the VPO – on such short notice
        – to dump Gergiev and Matsuev, but the VPO would presumably defer to their request in the interest of maintaining their ongoing relationship.

  • José Bergher says:

    Good for Carnegie Hall and for La Scala.

  • Gerald says:

    People sometimes criticise Slippedisc for forthright views but I am glad we have Norman Lebrecht to say what really matters at this important time. Art cannot be separated from life and life cannot be separated from war.

  • Richard says:

    Good for the Hall and VPO. Gergiev will be under pressure now in Munich to distance himself from Putin and come out in support of Ukraine, or he may see all his lucrative gigs dry up

  • Hopeandglory says:

    And finally…

  • Peter says:

    Well, according to this trend, next on the list should be Netrebko – the biggest Putin puppet after Gergiev…

  • BigSir says:

    So Cold War II started by the allies: Carnegie Hall and La Scala. At least it isn’t only my country that is politicized in all aspects now.

  • just saying says:

    Kinda wish they found another conductor to replace Gergiev, I’m feeling pretty oversaturated with YNG lol

    • MWnyc says:

      Yannick is already in New York and knows the music in the program, so he’s available on short notice, and the Vienna Phil players already know him. There are not many other conductors all those things are true of right this minute.

  • Nataliya says:

    Well done Carnegie Hall

  • SVM says:

    This is an outrageous conflation of music and politics, all the more shameful for the double standards on display — I do not see any of the current cheerleaders of this cancellation campaigning against *any* American, British, or Israeli performers, despite the fact that the governments of the respective countries have each committed more war crimes than the Russian government. Even if considering only artists who allow themselves to be associated closely with the government/military/establishment of their respective countries, there would be a very strong case to demand, for instance, that any British artist who has accepted any UK knighthood or similar honour (e.g.: Queen’s medal for music) must be boycotted on principle, since such acceptance signals tacit approval of the UK government’s illegal wars and war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, &c., to name the most obvious cases…

    The VPO are one of the few artistic organisations to have the clout to refuse such invidious demands to change conductor and soloist on principle without suffering significant adverse consequences (there is no way that Carnegie Hall would have cancelled the VPO itself on short notice, so the orchestra could easily have stood firm and insisted on keeping Gergiev and Matsuev).

    • JB says:

      You need to think a bit more carefully before posting twaddle. The action against Gergiev is not because he is Russian but because of his relationship with the Putin regime. There are no such relationships in the UK of any importance – and in fact many artists are open in their opposition to the current government, opposition that could not happen in Russia.

    • guest says:

      @SVM “…such acceptance signals _tacit_ approval of…”
      This is where you greatly err in your rant, SVM. Gergiev support of Putin was anything but tacit.

    • guest says:

      @SVM P.S. That a UK knighthood means close association with the _military_ is news to me and to anyone who knows how to use google. Perchance you took the word by its literal, Middle Aged, meaning? Knights and crusades are over, SVM. Well, not quite over, apparently they come into fashion again in Russia…

      _Any_ honorary title is awarded by a representative of the government, the ceremony doesn’t make the recipient of a honorary knighthood any more “closely associated with the government” than his dog.

    • Anonymous says:

      How do you know what we’ve campaigned for or against in the past? You’re assuming an awful lot. We’re focused on Russia here today because Putin this week invaded a sovereign country with absolutely no pretext, in the biggest such event on the European continent since World War II. It’s funny how the apologists always want to cite context and the past without focusing on the present issue. Gergiev has repeatedly spewed adoration for Putin in public. Maybe you should do some homework before posting such Russian apologist drivel.

      • guest says:

        @Anonymous To give Putin his due, he furnished himself with a pretext before the invasion. It won’t do to invade without pretext, he has standards to uphold 😉 Also, this is isn’t the biggest such event on the European continent since World War II. The people commenting on SD are a curious lot, almost all of them have an unhealthy WW II fixation but seem to have forgotten everything else that came after WW II. The Hungarian Uprising? The Prague Spring? (aka Warsaw Pact invasion). Rings a bell? How history repeats itself, same invader* , different invaded country.

        (*) In the case of the Prague Spring it was a joined effort, but the instigator was the same.

  • Concerned Citizen says:

    Anne Sophie Mutter? Anna Netrebko? Valentina Lisitsa?

  • Pebe says:

    Netrebko should be next! There’s no daylight between the two of them!

  • MacroV says:

    Good for Carnegie Hall. The time has come where you cannot be friendly with a murderous tyrant and continue to move in polite society.

  • Jim C. says:

    Good work Norman. You got the ball rolling on this. No one else was covering it. There were also protests out there later this afternoon.

  • john humphreys says:

    Beethoven tore out the dedication to Napoleon on the title page of his ‘Eroica’. The thought of that PP ( Putin puppet) ‘conducting’ (aka tooth pick waving) Beethoven makes me sick to the core. I hope his career is finished.

  • Gustavo says:

    What about the two gigs in Naples?

    VPO’s website still announces VG.

  • LSO Player says:

    He should never work again.

    As one of Russia’s key cultural exports, it’s exactly this vector of sanction that could cut through propaganda back home and sway public opinion.

    If our arts leaders don’t step up and commit, they aren’t worth the paper their contracts are written on.

    Ten years ago I left the Barbican and was confronted by a few dozen protestors, decrying Gergiev’s support of the Putin regime. They were often there, but that night, for some reason, I remember well. I dismissed them then, I was wrong.

  • Jonathan Sutherland says:

    Censuring Putin propagandist Valery Gergiev is an obvious means for the international music community to voice it’s opposition to Tsar Vladimir’s indefensible invasion of Ukraine.
    But what about other Russian artists? Donna Anna and Yusif the Useless have never been reluctant to defend Putin’s regime or to espouse inflammatory anti-Armenian sentiments.
    Perhaps opera houses and concert halls should ban all Russian artists who fail to publicly condemn the invasion of Ukraine.
    The absurdly naive premise that ‘music is not political’ is not only pusillanimous, it is demonstrably and historically incorrect.
    Just think of Verdi – “Vittorio Emanuele Re D’Italia”.

    • guest says:

      Verdi himself had no part in that Vittorio Emanuele business, it was just a convenient acronym put in circulation by others. Also, let’s not confuse a composer’s _music_ with conductor’s _statements_ . You may find the premise that “music isn’t political” absurdly naive – if so what should we find your confusing music with spoken propaganda? What should we think about your reductio ad absurdum of Verdi’s oeuvre? What should we think about your painting politics with the same broad brush? The Italian Risorgimento was not only a political movement but also a social one. If the Russian population is standing behind Putin in this, I must have missed it.

      “Perhaps opera houses and concert halls should ban all Russian artists who fail to publicly condemn the invasion of Ukraine.” This is not about banning artists, it’s about discerning between artists who are also propagandists vs. just artists. There’s no need to ban anyone who isn’t regaling the social media crowd with a self-crucifixion act for events out of his control.

      This being said, I like Donna Anna and Yusif the Useless ️

      • Jonathan Sutherland says:

        Guest makes some valid points but to suggest that Verdi was disinterested or uninvolved with politics displays a lamentable ignorance of his works.

        Apart from a few ‘domestic’ pieces such as Luisa Miller or Rigoletto, from Nabucco to Don Carlos Verdi was deeply involved with politics and his omnipresent pacifism was an irrefutable constant throughout his formidable career.

        Unlike Wager during his early fruitless Nihilist years when he attempted to write politically pertinent pamphlets, Verdi realised that the best way of expounding his intensely pacifist convictions was through his operatic compositions.
        From the “mia patria sì bella e perduta” chorus in Nabucco to Simon Boccanegra’s supplication “vo gridando : pace!”, Verdi’s pacifist position was clearer than a Busetto bicchiere d’acqua di montagna.

        Despite the illogical “sins of the father” syndrome, any artist today with the unfortunate stigma of being born Russian should not not be required to answer for the atrocities committed by Vladimir Putin.

        But those who espouse, abet or defend the shameless dictator’s actions should be swiftly relegated to Don Giovanni’s resting place.

        It is not acceptable to claim immunity from personal responsibility with the feeble ‘I am only an artist’ cop out.
        As István Szabó, so accurately depicted in his superb 1981 film ‘Mephisto’ , not only does an artist have a duty to uphold and defend basic human values, it is actually an ethical obligation under the slightly tarnished but still hugely important concept of ‘noblesse oblige’.

        Gergiev, Netrebko take note.

        • guest says:

          Um, I didn’t say Verdi himself was disinterested in politics. He got more involved with politics after he stopped writing two to four operas per season. Before that, he didn’t have much time ️. Also, my point was about his music, not about the man himself. His Risorgimento operas were commissioned. The Risorgimento was a rather turbulent period, so he obliged with some uplifting oom-pah-pah music ️. It was expected from him. In those years he was trying to make a buck, not to expound his pacifist convictions. I believe you confuse the unification of Italy with pacifism. His early operas reflect the spirit of the unification movement, not pacifism. “Patria”, not pacifism, I am familiar with Va’, pensiero. Come to think of it, this is the first time I hear he was such a pacifist throughout his very long career; we are talking here about a more than half a century long career. Do you mind linking to the source of your information? I mean, the man wrote Attila and La Battaglia di Legnano, among others, in that period. No exactly what you would expect from a consummate pacifist, would you? Pacifism isn’t a form of politics, it’s a form of moral principles. Pacifism rejects not only war but also any form of physical violence, particularly against humans. I have difficulties to recall even one opera by Verdi in which nobody dies a violent death, and more often than not he polishes off half the cast (opera buffa excepted). I would say he was a consummate man of the theater, not a pacifist, of his theatrical spirit there is proof enough in his letters, if one needs more proof than his music and the librettos.

          Gergiev is not just an artist in my opinion. He is overall director of a huge company, the Mariinsky. In a country where the state subsidizes (and controls) the arts, such a position is always the result of political connections to the people in power. He has become by far the most powerful figure in the Russian arts. He also holds a few _chief_ conductor jobs in the West. No doubt Netrebko’s career has flourished because of her political convictions, but Gergiev is up to his neck in politics. Running a company always gets in the way of artistic pursuits. Netrebko may be still be considered a freelancer artist, Gergiev is a different species. Both stick with Putin, but Gergiev is the more powerful of the two by far.

  • Jonathan Sutherland says:

    Before the Eyvazov idolizers rush to his defence with the argument that he is Azeri and not Russian (he was actually born in Algiers) let me add that it is more a case of guilt by association.
    Not only was his career the result of a highly fortuitous marriage, his oft-espoused belligerent political views are invariably in tandem with that of the Krasnodar crooner.
    Both should unequivocally condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine or be relegated to singing for Lord Vlademort and his craven Security Council Death Eaters.

  • Ira says:


  • Christian Kliber says:

    Can someone please tell me (and us) the name of the new piano soloist ?

  • Gustavo says:

    So where is VG right now?

    Hiding in a luxury hotel in New York, zapping through western pay-TV channels?

    Or studying scores?

    Flying home to have a serious word with Putin?

    I think he should rethink his life and become the next Kurt-Mazur-style peace-making conductor, forging a World Orchestra for Peace made up of all Slavic nations.

    • Dave says:

      Gergiev conducting the World Orchestra for Peace back along was always hard to swallow. He should be limited to conducting the Yakutsk Phil for the rest of his days.

  • Oliver says:

    The pianist will be Chopin competition winner (2015) Seong-Jin Cho playing Rachmaninov 2nd.

    • Christian Kliber says:

      Thank you. I like Cho Seong-Jin. But it doesn’t seem to be mentioned anywhere on Carnegie Hall’s website.

  • lavy hollender says:

    why do you have so much hate for gergiev and other russian artist?

  • Gustavo says:

    Ah, good:
    VPO have put “NN” on their website for the two gigs in Naples.

  • André Dugas says:

    Ça me rappelle un film ou un célèbre pianiste ne voulait pas jouer pour les allemand, Bravo

  • MJA says:

    Of course “the Vienna Philharmonic, too, do not come out of it well” because that, at least in part, seems to be the agenda driving this report. Talk about damned if you do and damned if you don’t. This situation was incredibly fast-moving over the course of no more than a day in practical terms, and yet the orchestra and the hall managed to move in what most would agree was the right direction in short order and in spite of the complexities involved in salvaging these concerts. I think they have actually managed it exceptionally well if you judge by the outcome, and in spite of the entrenched negativity of some of the posts here. And yet the VPO apparently do not come out of it well. I wonder why that might be? I certainly don’t think that, much as some might wish it, either Froschauer or Gillinson need to “justify themselves on assumptions [sic] of hypocrisy” at all, certainly not in the face of what we now can see was a holding reply. The aspiration to keep art and politics apart remains a noble one even if it is swept away by current events, which reach way beyond politics to warmongering.

    • guest says:

      “Talk about damned if you do and damned if you don’t” Only the first half applies. They would not have been “damned” for keeping their mouth shut. In this case silence was gold. Carnegie Hall was the organizer of the concerts, let Carnegie make the announcement.

  • Hans de Wit says:

    Great musicians make great mistakes

  • OverYNS says:

    Anyone else think it is funny that NY’s conductor (vomit) had to take all that time off for exhaustion but he can manage to do this now? He is all about himself and never about the actual music. Too bad there are so few meaningful conductors these days!!!

    • Hal Sacks says:

      He is NOT NY’s conductor. The Met, Philadelphia and Orchestre Metropolitaine Montreal are his Orchestras. The Met is keeping him quite busy this season.

  • Anson says:

    Setting aside the decision (which was unquestionably correct on multiple levels), it brings a smile to my face to imagine YNS and the still-unnamed soloist waking up yesterday and thinking, “no engagements, what should I do in New York this weekend? Perhaps take in a show, study some scores, sleep in?”

    And then to imagine the sense of clarity of purpose that must be driving them forward today. “Okay, 10 hours of total time and two hours of full-orchestra rehearsal to take the Carnegie Hall stage with the VPO!”

    It’s what world-class musicians are built for, and I wish that I could be at the concert to see it. Nothing focuses the mind like a concert day!

    • Nydo says:

      Nezet-Seguin is in NYC to finish out rehearsals for the debut of Don Carlos that he is conducting at the Met on Monday night. The replacement soloist is flying to NYC from Berlin on less than 24 hours notice. Reality is a bit different; it’s more like, where will I find time to actually bring this off at all?

    • Hal Sacks says:

      It should become a full house. Both Yannick and Seong-Jin Cho are Deutsche Gramaphon artists. Perhaps DG flew him in from Berlin.

  • wiener says:

    Feige Opportunisten die Wiener Philharmoniker.
    Sollten zumindest so spielen wie Yannik schlägt, dann ist das Chaos.

  • Raymond Chan says:

    Pianist for tonight’s Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 will be Seong-Jin Cho

  • Tom Goughh says:

    Outstanding choice and bold move Putin and his friends need to be held accountable for their actions, NO Politics in this decision! THANKS

  • EagleArts says:

    Naples, Florida is listing “condutor to be announced”.

  • David Spence says:

    Will Gergiev get to sit in Carnegie Hall to see, hear how his protege is doing, conducting the VPO?

  • Nadia says:

    This is a flex, but i’m greateful for the ability to hear musician’s character. It always mattered to me and never understood how some would say “just separate art from personality”. We had some great convos online with few regulars during recent Chopin’s competition. Corrupted ones sound tacky and make me shudder. I am not even a musician and it’s obvious to me. Art of sincere musicians and artists in general is just so different.
    Sometimes i learn about corrupted affiliations and insincerity years after the shudder response.
    People without developed left anterior insula can become famous, draw in easily amused audiences, but simply can’t create anything humanly profound.
    Some things just can’t be faked. Not without appearing grotesque.
    Could it be we are no longer worshipping narcissistic tacky performers, no longer tolerate nor feed psychopatic narratives?
    Could it be we are more than ever recognizing, seeking, appreciating incredibly humanly advanced artists?

  • Guest says:

    It’s ‘apologist’, not ‘apoligist’

  • Frank says:

    The invasion of Ukraine by Putin goes beyond “political opinions.” As a result, so does public support of Putin.

  • Mark says:

    Glad they were removed. They don’t have to work because they get paid by Putin with money stolen from the Russian people!

  • Robert Schrey says:

    As if not the whole conductor profession wasn‘t some kind of Asian despotism.