So this happened: Andrei Gavrilov refused to play the Rachmaninov D minor in Moscow last night. The audience was told that he was not feeling well. Gavrilov posted something else on his Facebook page: They didn’t play the Rachmaninoff. They played the notes that did not even reminded me of Rachmaninoff. It was playing at the level of sick chickens, incubator imitating nightingales. In the end Alexander Ghindin took over for him, because, he was in the audience, and… why not? More melodrama and a response from the orchestra at the link.
From the Guardian, Martin Kettle worries that Mozart’s genius is not being appreciated. What leaps out from this and other concert schedules of the modern era is the total absence of Mozart’s symphonies. The Proms are still, after all, pre-eminently an orchestral music festival. The symphony is still the principal form of orchestral music. Mozart wrote 41 of them. They are among the most brilliant symphonic works ever written. Yet none of Mozart’s symphonies features in the 2012 Proms. Not one of them. Nor, crucially, is this year’s Mozart symphony famine a one-off omission. It is, on the contrary, entirely typical of recent years at the Proms. There was no…