Preoccupations

Orchestra in search of a conductor

Print edition : June 26, 2015

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during the celebrations of 50 years of the start of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel, in Berlin on May 12. Photo: WOLFGANG KUMM/AFP

Sir Simon Rattle. His announcement of his departure as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018 set in motion the search for a successor, which is likely to take more than a year. Photo: KERSTIN JOENSSON/AP

Herbert von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic. In nearly four decades as its conductor, from 1955 to a few months before his death in 1989, he transformed it musically, commercially and in terms of its global reach. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Herbert von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Gustavo Dudamel of Venezuela, now based in Los Angeles, is one of the most exciting conductors to have erupted on to the global scene. Photo: KARSTEN MORAN/THE NEWYORK TIMES

Christian Thielemann, the local boy who is steeped in the Classical Romantic repertoire and in the direct tradition of Karajan. Photo: x \zxc xc xc xc

Latvian Andris Nelsons, who has just taken over the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Photo: HIROYUKI ITO/THE NEW YORK TIMES

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