Don't say you were not warned
In October 2008 a paying concertgoer explained here why he would be returning his tickets for Valery Gergiev's London Symphony Orchestra concerts.
Seven years later critic Andrew Clements writing in the Guardian reaches the conclusion that "Valery Gergiev has not served the London Symphony Orchestra well as their chief conductor".
As Virgil Thomson told us: "Never underestimate the public's intelligence, baby".
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When Chailly was at the Concertgebouw, I was amazed how much better the orchestra sounded under its visiting conductors - such as Davis, Haitink and Levine. Similarly, the LSO alwsys sounded better under Davis, Haitink, Previn than it did under Gergiev - to my ears anyway.
I wondered at the time whether the appointment of Gergiev was because the orchestra did not want to work with a chief conductor who would spend too much time with them. Rattle looks like he might be another occasional chief conductor rather than a real influence.
Then of course we can speculate about the role of the City Corporation... However you look at Gergiev and then Rattle, it just does not smell right somehow.