New conductor - not so new music
The Latvian Andris Nelsons (above) has been appointed chief conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008. The press coverage makes much of the fact that Andris Nelsons is 28, has never conducted the CBSO in a public concert, has a repertoire encompassing Haydn, Wagner, Strauss and Mahler as well as Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, and is not a specialist in contemporary music, which is traditionally a strength of the orchestra. The Guardian headline is typical - 'Young Latvian steps up to lead City of Birmingham Orchestra'.
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