Here's a reminder why we, the print industry, need to maintain a healthy stable of critics. Look at the contrast between Jeremy Eichler's view of the Lorin Maazel substitution with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the sentiment of Allan Kozinn.
Eichler wasn't pleased with the man subbing for injured BSO music director James Levine. "The orchestra played brilliantly and with utter professionalism, but Maazel’s interpretations of the Sixth and Seventh symphonies left at least this listener decidedly unmoved," he wrote in his review of the Oct. 30 Symphony Hall performance.
Kozinn, in his review of the BSO's Carnegie Hall performance, wraps up with the following nugget:
Maybe destiny’s wires were crossed. Perhaps if Mr. Levine had taken over the Philharmonic, and Mr. Maazel had spent the last seven years in Boston, everyone would have been happier.