八掛料:繼續估港樂新總監

Jaap van Zweden

小道消息說,某大唱片公司老闆風聞來屆港樂的新總監,對又來一個荷蘭人有點微言。

這反而印證了早前《南早》的報道的人選,似乎都幾熱。

上個星期聽過馬勒第六,一邊聽一邊想,為甚麼港樂沒有考慮像 Pietari Inkinen、Vasily Petrenko,甚至是小尤 Dmitri Jurowski 來當個總監,起用十分年青的指揮。環視四周,年青指揮愈來愈搶手。找個年紀「有返咁上下」的大師,香港人未必領情外(一字曰:貴),更重要的,是迪華特已經很有地位,但港樂依然缺乏個性。Inkinen 指紐西蘭愛樂的西貝遼士 (“huge of impact”)、Petrenko 指皇家利物浦的蕭斯達高維契 (“a real success”),算是突破唱片界的悶局,演繹也很新鮮。香港有沒有機會找個能向世界宣傳的突破點?

van Zweden 也是年輕一輩啊,友人說。比起迪華特,當然;但比起 Inkinen,van Zweden 也大了足足 20 年。Inkinen 好歹也是個八十後!

不過,香港的決策階層總是對八十後要殺要剮。起用新人?恐怕是挑戰社會規範吧。我也不便奢求。

話說回來,van Zweden 在 2006 年指過港樂演蕭八,可惜我錯過了,但有友人說很出色。面書上也有身在外國的友人說本身是小提琴家的 van Zweden 琴藝出眾,更是 Royal Concertgebouw 的前首席,應該會將弦樂執到「立立令」。大家還是拭目以待吧。


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8 thoughts on “八掛料:繼續估港樂新總監

  1. Hiroshi Ayabe

    Inkinen is also my favorite conductor! He conducted the HKPO several years before and I heard his DSCH Sym.5 & was impressed very much. I did not know his name at all before he came to HK. As you know he is good work in NZ & easy to imagine just hearing his Sibelius cycles by NAXOS.

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    • Dennis Wu

      I don’t remember if I have seen him before with the HKPO — so must not be something spectacular in my memory. But his Sibelius disc is remarkable and the NZSO sounds simply marvellous and can easily be said as their “signature piece.” Somehow more impressive than Sydney SO under Ashkenazy.
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  2. Dennis Wu

    I don’t remember if I have seen him before with the HKPO — so must not be something spectacular in my memory. But his Sibelius disc is remarkable and the NZSO sounds simply marvellous and can easily be said as their “signature piece.” Somehow more impressive than Sydney SO under Ashkenazy.

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  3. Hiroshi Ayabe

    It was 7 years before Inkinen conducted the HKPO for the first time “suddenlly”. He was replaced from Maestro Tadaaki Otaka because of Otaka’s illness. After then Inkinen invited the HKPO again however his conduct was replaced because of his illness. Inkinen is a principal guest conductor of the Japan Phil. now.

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  4. WL

    Well Dennis I am sure you would agree the main criteria for selecting next music director includes top artistic qualities and international renown. My favourite/dream choice would be Eliahu Inbal. He will step down the Czech Philharmonic in 2012 when Jiří Bělohlávek takes over. His other post with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra can continue alongside. Like Edo de Waart, Inbal is one of the best Mahler interpreters, has a wide range of repertoire and is noted an opera conductor as well.

    Other notable candidates in my long list are:
    Michel Plasson
    Libor Pešek (conducted HKPO several times before)
    Ion Marin (have conducted HKPO several times before)
    Stéphane Denève (conducted HKPO in 2006 and 2010)
    Jakub Hrůša (have conducted HKPO in 2008)
    Osmo Vänskä (have conducted HKPO in 2006)
    Jun Märkl
    Ingo Metzmacher

    Of course as you mention why not consider young conductors like Dmitri Jurowski. He is a good choice – well let see how he performs in the upcoming HKPO concert. I am happy to settle with Alexander Lazarev over Jaap van Zweden. What do you think of Eliahu Inbal?

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    • Dennis Wu

      Inbal is a wonderful choice, and as you said he is also a noted Mahler interpreter. At moment though I don’t like much about EdW’s Mahler — he made it so polished and remote. Among your list there are a lot of “non-Mahlerians,” which I agree that maybe they can lead the orchestra to explore more in depth in other composers other than Mahler and Strauss.

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