French conductor scraps Beethoven cycleOrchestras
Scherzo reports that Seville has called off a cycle of Beethoven symphonies next month because the conductor Marc Soustro is unhappy. The statement issued by the orchestra management is decidedly peculiar:
‘The decision is motivated by various reasons. On the one hand, the request of its Principal and Artistic Director, maestro Marc Soustrot, in charge of directing all the concerts, who has notified the institution that currently the appropriate artistic conditions for its celebration do not exist, nor does he feel physically fit enough to face the challenge of this Festival. According to Soustrot, his current professional and life situation prevents him from making that effort, since he needs “a fully functioning orchestra to be able to express myself artistically at the highest level that I have always tried to achieve”, and he asserts that “to be consistent with my position, I have decided not to participate in the Beethoven Festival”.
‘After a long process of meditation, the 72-year-old French maestro has also explained that, after a dozen concerts canceled due to the staff strike, “the effort that this Festival requires from the musicians and its director has lost its meaning ”.
‘The Directorate-Management of the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, after consulting with the Board of Directors of the ROSS, has decided to attend to the request of Maestro Soustrot, also taking into account that the uncertainty generated in the public during the last staff strike It has caused that the minimum capacity necessary to guarantee its economic viability has not been achieved”.
‘As has happened with previously canceled concerts, the ROSS guarantees the return of tickets and season tickets purchased.’