My worst ever interview

My worst ever interview

Orchestras

norman lebrecht

May 20, 2022

The death of Vangelis reminds me of the worst interview I ever conducted. Vangelis had just struck a huge deal with a major label and was back in headlines after a very long doldrums.

He didn’t want to be. The next hour was so vile I thought it would never end. He was truculent, tired, possibly medicated.

Read here.

Despite my experience, friends insist he could be fun.

Comments

  • Rob says:

    Chariots of fire – the world’s most irritating melody.

    • James weiss says:

      The odd thing about the Chariots of fire music is that it’s absolutely atrocious music but also totally works in the film. As for the most irritating melody of all time, I’m afraid that’s a tie between John Lennon’s Imagine and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

    • Richard E Zencker says:

      My understanding is that the director had already used a different Vangelis work for the film sequence, but Vangelis insisted on replacing it with the one that became his biggest “hit.” It would be a mistake to judge his work on that alone.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    This blog usually has interesting and appropriate obituaries.

  • V.Lind says:

    It happens. I had a wonderful time with a very famous actor whom many of my colleagues had found chippy on the same promo tour. My time with him was in better circumstances than some of them probably had — or maybe it was just me! Who knows? They are all human, and have their good moments and bad.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    The link to the 2015 post provides a further link to the DG catalogue. Shurely shome mishtake?

  • Gustavo says:

    Χωρίς τον Βαγγέλη δεν θα υπήρχε ο Χανς Ζίμερ.

  • Bostin'Symph says:

    One of my all-time favourite films is the 1982 Blade Runner. It’s wonderful in many respects, but Vangelis’ music really makes it.

  • Jack says:

    Sometimes things are better left unsaid. Norman!

  • Adam Stern says:

    I listened to the interview…Mr. Lebrecht is to be commended for keeping his cool and professionalism intact under what he said were trying circumstances.

    Apropos V. Lind’s comment: I once conducted a “pops” concert with a famous guest artist about whom many colleagues had warned me beforehand, due to their unpleasant experiences with him… I must have got him on a good day, as it was one of the smoothest collaborations I ever had.

  • Costa Pilavachi says:

    Norman, I still feel badly about that one….oh well.

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