Boston Symphony Players Say James Levine's Work Ethic Is Wearing Them Out
Friday, March 18, 2005
United Press International
BOSTON, March 17, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) ó The Boston Symphony Orchestra may be getting rave reviews but its members are getting worn out by Music Director James Levine's pace.
Players are asking Levine to shorten the length of the programs and to ease a rehearsal schedule that has aggravated injuries, generated stress and speeded one veteran violist's retirement, The Boston Globe said Thursday [March 17].
After the most recent talk with the musicians, Levine agreed to drop overtures from a pair of summer Brahms concerts at Tanglewood.
Concerned about the wear and tear on the orchestra's 94 members, BSO management is also bringing in a consultant this summer to tutor the players on avoiding injury.
A 16-minute Bach prelude has been sliced from Friday night's [March 18] planned program. The concert is being presented only two days after the BSO finished up a multi-performance run of the three-hour Wagner opera The Flying Dutchman.
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