The most aimed for post is being decided at this moment: Music Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world. The 124 musicians of the glorious German orchestra gather in secret to elect the successor of Simon Rattle. All living conductors can be elected, at least in theory: there are many who hope in it, many others, to avoid disappointment, said they were unavailable. The shortlist of names then thins out to a few but, as it was for Abbado and Rattle,and we donot exclude any mututal surprises. In the past it did happen that the Conductor was elected “by acclamation of the people,” in the wake of the success of recent concerts. But the Philharmonic is faced with a big dilemma: continue along the road of Abbado and Rattle,or latch onto the great tradition, the famous “German sound”, which was of Karajan and that seems to have vanished today.
Amongst the list of the young conductors that would project the modern orchestra into 21st century we find the Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, aged 34, Canadian Yannick Nezet-Seguin, aged 40 and the most quoted among young people, the Latvian Andris Nelson, who is 36. On the other hand, we have Christian Thielemann, aged 56, the former Assistant to Karajan and Germanic virtues, sample of the best living German conductors; among probabilities crop up names like Daniel Barenboim and Riccardo Muti.
The election of the coductor recalls, in part, the conclave of the Sistine Chapel: the 124 musicians, under the obligation of silence, gather to vote in a secret location without cell phones. In the first election everyone can propose a name; We then move on to writing a “short list” and proceed then to vote until a clear majority is obtained. The long-awaited”white smoke” is already expected in the early hours this evening.