More thoughts to follow.
This from Adam Shatzman suggests that Eschenbach has goten a raw deal in the press and from some musicians.
David Patrick Stearns wonders if the Philly musicians are getting a reputation as the new “conductor eating orchestra”
Peter Dorbin offers his thoughts here
Here is what the Gramophone had to say After reading this-
“Eschenbach, 67, was said to be at his home in Paris and unavailable for comment, but Kevin Kleinmann, his spokesman, said the conductor had decided he no longer wanted to be tied down to a major orchestra. “He has too many other plans and projects — opera, youth orchestras, festivals, the Internet.”
in the Washington Post news item by Tim Page, I called Eschenbach at his home and suggested a “career swap.” I’m delighted to report that, as of 2008, I will be the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Christoph will be working with a number of my favorite youth orchestras, and will take over authorship of A View from the Podium.
More serious thoughts to follow