Posted by richard on June 30, 2003 at 18:19:33:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Article on new tubist in Vienna posted by Umbria on June 29, 2003 at 21:50:50:
How apologetic could the Bernstein/VPO relationship have been? He performed with them frequently, in Vienna and on the road, and made numerous recordings and videos. He performed his "Kaddish" Symphony with them. It doesn't get more Jewish than that. He premiered his opera "A Quiet Place" in Vienna. He taught the VPO winds to play Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, and made a damn good recording of it with them. The relationship was undoubtedly rocky and emotional, as Bernstein's most intense personal and professional relationships tended to be. But apologetic. . .I don't think so.
Interestingly, it was Lorin Maazel who made a trenchant observation about Viennese cultural society as he was leaving the post of director of the Staatsoper. He said that in Berlin where he had been music director of the Berlin Radio Symphony, was referred to as "the American, Lorin Maazel." In Vienna, he was "the Jew, Lorin Maazel."
Still, another aspect which hasn't been touched upon yet. As a VPO observer on their annual Carnegie appearances, it seems that a younger, dare I say hipper, element is taking its place among the ranks of the players. Hopefully, as this younger crowd begins to assert itself in the administration of the orchestra, we'll see more open-minded hiring in terms of background and gender than we have seen until now.