Bernstein Once Told New NY Phil Conductor Jaap van Zweden That He Was “Pretty Bad”

I guess he got better, because van Sweden was just appointed the new music director of the orchestra that, in my humble opinion, has never sounded as good as when Lenny led it. I can’t confess to a thorough knowledge of van Sweden’s work, but I guess the NY Phil couldn’t find a “star” so settled for quality. Van Sweden is currently music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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