Jump to content

Mariss Jansons RIP


Recommended Posts

It's not been a good time for the classical music world just recently - too many losses :( 


I'm greatly saddened by the loss of this conductor in particular - but at the same time immensely grateful for the more than two decades' borrowed time he was able to go on living, and producing his music, after the heart attack that by all accounts ought to have killed him.  After that, I made sure never to miss a concert programme of his in London, just in case, and his performances have formed many of the highlights of my concert-going life: in fact, what I think was his penultimate one here was one I described as "Superb. Absolutely superb. One of the best live concerts I've ever attended."


My deepest sympathies to his family, colleagues and all those who loved him.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...
On 08/01/2020 at 19:36, alison said:

And I turn the Radio 3 evening concert on and who should I find conducting (R.) Strauss and Brahms ...


Many thanks Alison - a fabulous concert, with the Intermezzo interludes and some favourite Strauss lieder and what a tremendous Brahms 4.

A great series of repeats this week in the evening concert slot.  I’m rather pleased that Kirill Petrenko conducting Berg’s Lulu Suite and Beethoven 9 in his inaugural performance with the Berlin Philharmonic was on Monday.  I’d seen some clips at the time but hadn’t caught the entire concert.  And I have to say how good it is that it will still be on BBC sounds on 31 January: rather more fitting than Big Ben at 11:00 pm if I’m allowed to say so.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...

This just in from the Barbican:


"Thank you for booking tickets to Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday 7 April.

Following the sad news of Mariss Jansons's passing in December 2019, we have been unable to secure a replacement conductor for the BRSO concert on 7th April. We therefore regretfully have to cancel this performance and would like to apologise for the disappointment this is likely to cause. We look forward to presenting the wonderful BRSO in future seasons.

Ticketholders will receive a full refund to the original payment method. If you have received physical tickets, please return them to:

Box Office
Barbican Centre 

There is no need to contact the Box Office by telephone if your tickets are being held for collection or are e-tickets. If you have any queries, our Box Office team can be reached at tickets@barbican.org.uk."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the reminder, John - I've just been listening to it again, and even on my distinctly tinny laptop speakers it sounds excellent - clear as a bell, and every note given its right weight, no indistinct "wall of sound" here.  Very Jansons.  Recorded last October, apparently, so one of his last :( 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 year later...

I've just been listening to Radio 3's In Tune and discovered that there's a documentary being made about Jansons - out perhaps the end of this year, or the beginning of next.  Sounds as though it may be a BBC production - but I thought they weren't going to produce anything new for BBC4?  The news - plus an interview with one of the Concertgebouw players who worked with him - is about 6.15 pm/an hour and a quarter into the show.


And incidentally, the afternoon concerts on Radio 3 this week are featuring his old orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - although I think the recordings may well all be since his death.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...