NSO tour: Christoph Eschenbach


Music director Christoph Eschenbach at the beginning of his NSO tenure — which after two seasons seems to be going well for everyone. (Margot Schulman/Margot Schulman)

The buzz of good energy following them on the tour is in keeping with the general mood of optimism that seems to be spreading as Christoph Eschenbach makes the orchestra more his own. In Sunday’s Washington Post, I take a look at Eschenbach’s relationship with the NSO now that he has two full seasons under his belt. I’ve certainly been critical about some of Eschenbach’s performances and approaches over those two seasons, but my critical opinion has no bearing on the fact that the orchestra seems to be playing with more energy and involvement, some long-time problem areas are being cleared up with new personnel, and Eschenbach, and many of the players, are happy with where they are. Says Nurit Bar-Josef, the orchestra's concertmaster, “Morale is the highest it’s been since I’ve been here” (she came in 2001). Read the whole story here.

Eschenbach divides opinion, and over the last two years I’ve been trying to show some of the reasons why. What is your take on his tenure with the NSO so far?

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.
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