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Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

Post by Sylph » Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:04 pm

Conductor Semyon Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

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In the second cancellation at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in less than a week, Semyon Bychkov is out and Jaap van Zweden is in as conductor of subscription concerts March 19-21 at Symphony Center. Bychkov's management has advised him not to travel after a small surgical procedure. The revised program will retain the announced Liszt and Brahms works but substitute Wagenaar's overture "Cyrano de Bergerac" for Detlev Glanert's "Theatrum Bestiarum." Van Zweden scored a major success with the orchestra and public in October when he replaced Riccardo Chailly on short notice.

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Re: Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

Post by GK » Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:02 pm

Is there an anti US rebellion by Russian conductors because of Rozhdestvensky's treatment by the Boston Symphony?

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Re: Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

Post by Lance » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:16 am

You make an interesting point. But I cannot imagine a conductor not wanting to lead the Chicago Symphony, one of the world's great orchestras - or at least it was, Who really knows the status these days of the major orchestras. On the other hand, whatever I have heard of Jaap van Zweden has been first rate, especially as a violinist on labels such as Impogram and Asturia, Philips and RCA. Rozhdestvensky was p/o because of the way he was "marketed" by the Boston Symphony. I don't think Bychkov has any gripes in this regard.
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Re: Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

Post by Sylph » Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:30 am

He clearly has health issues, I think that's the only reason.

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Re: Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

Post by Ken » Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:08 am

Hm, I heard Jaap van Zweden's conducting in Berlin last April, and I was very, very impressed. He really had his ensemble performing.
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Re: Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

Post by John F » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:42 am

GK wrote:Is there an anti US rebellion by Russian conductors because of Rozhdestvensky's treatment by the Boston Symphony?
No.

Incidentally, van Zweden is the new Music Director of the Dallas Symphony. A friend who lives there likes what he's heard this season.
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Re: Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

Post by Chalkperson » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:16 am

Sylph wrote:He clearly has health issues, I think that's the only reason.
I agree, and it's a very long flight, Moscow to Chicago...
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Re: Bychkov cancels Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts

Post by stickles » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:10 pm

Van Zweden came last year as a last minute replacement for an ailing Chailly. The Bruckner 5 he did on that first Thursday night was so good that I bought another ticket on my way out. This time, my expectation were high, but I felt the Brahms 4 was somewhat of a mixed bag. He is a master at balancing the strings. This is a must for Brahms, and last night I heard many details in the inner voices that are often obscured. On the other hand, I didn't like his phrasing on the opening melody. I thought he was trying to make a grand statement, instead of letting the music gently wash over the audience. He couldn't maintain the rhythmic tension in th final movement, and whole thing just ran out of gas at the end. But the second movement was quite good with a sense of sweeping beauty, and the third movement was entertaining, and the percussionist offered a surprising varieties of colors on the triangle.

Helene Grimaud cancelled her appearance last week, because she thought she was to play Beethoven's 4th concerto, but in reality she was to play the 5th. She decided 1 week is not enough time to prepare. Valentina Lisitsa filled in. I'd take Lisitsa over Grimaud any day. Lisitsa's Emperor was bold, engaging, and imperious. I just wish CSO would engage her more often.

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