Best news: Herbert Blomstedt is back

Best news: Herbert Blomstedt is back


norman lebrecht

September 19, 2022

We hear from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra that Herbert Blomstedt has arrived for rehearsals of Honegger’s third symphony and Brahms fourth for concert on Wednesday and Thursday.

Blomstedt, who is 95, has been out of action since suffering a fall in June.

After Stockholm, he heads on to the Berlin Philharmonic.


  • Elaine says:

    Yabba dabba doo!

  • R. Brite says:

    Wonderful news!

  • Novagerio says:

    Best musical news this (rest of the) year!

  • Malcolm James says:

    That’s good news. I feared that this might have been the end of his conducting career.

  • Noralie Barnett says:

    Wonderful news!

  • NorCalMichael says:

    I have a ticket for Wednesday’s performance and am most thrilled to see him perform again. Last time was in 2019.

  • Shalom Rackovsky says:

    Truly wonderful!

  • Ernest says:

    This is the best news after the grief from HM’s passing.

  • Gustavo says:

    And the LSO is doing Mahler 2 in Luxembourg.

  • Bigfoot says:

    And after Berlin, on to Tokyo, Leipzig, Copenhagen, Zurich, and on and on and on:

    It’s an insane schedule for someone half his age. May good health and good genetics continue to serve him well.

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  • Rob says:

    Welcome back 95 years young.

  • Harley says:

    Incredibly he is just a las bing leyend. To conduct which that clarity and sophistication you need to be healthy with a brain of a geniu.

  • Rupert Kinsella says:

    I love his recent Schubert release and hope to see him back in San Francisco.

  • Joel Lazar says:

    Every good wish to our wonderful senior colleague! May he be inscribed in the Book of Life for many years to come.

  • Adi says:

    Great news indeed ! Just heard his recent release of Schubert 8 & 9 on DG. Marvelous performances, a true master conductor.

  • Emanuele P says:

    His recent Brahms Symphonies (by Pentatone) are a true new reference edition!

  • Stuard Young says:

    The Honegger Symphony 3 is woefully underperformed in the US. Maestro Blomstedt’s coming concert is a great pairing of two of the strongest symphonic statements.

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  • Henry williams says:

    May he live till 120.

  • Roger says:

    Best news of the year. I am in Berlin on October 1. I will see him for the first time and hope this would not be the last.