I’m just curious about others’ experiences and advice about cranky conductors. There’s only two conductors (out of 35 years) that fit into my category of “life is too short” and I won’t play with them again, if only to preserve my own sanity.
One of the aforementioned conductors fussed an entire rehearsal session over EVERY note I played on the Bizet Carmen Suite Entracte. I mean, I’ve played it for nearly 35 years and it’s NOT rocket science…..but every single nuance was not to his liking. OK, so it’s his nickel, but after another such experience (fretting over a single glissando for what seemed like hours) I just determined that was it.
And–after avoiding each other for about a year, he calls me up…..seems they are doing some sort of harpistic overload concert, with Debussy’s FETES, Berlioz’ HAROLD IN ITALY (with all those incredibly specific dynamics!) AND Holst’s THE PLANETS all on one program! It gave me a peculiar sort of schadenfreude to be able to honestly tell him I was unavailable…..I would be out of town.
And the kicker is….others have too, for the same reasons!
I certainly don’t like to thwart live orchestral music, but on the other hand, in-patient mental health care is SO expensive…..