Thursday, December 18, 2008

NY Phil musicians pan Kaplan

Living up/down to their reputations for skewering conductors they don't respect, musicians of the New York Philharmonic go after Gilbert Kaplan, an amateur who conducts only Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony (No. 2) and led the orchestra in the Dec. 8 concert marking the 100th anniversary of the work's New York premiere.

The concert, a benefit for the musicians' pension fund, played to a full house and was reviewed favorably.

Daniel J. Wakin samples the players' vitriol in The New York Times: