Or Maybe He Just Wanted To Watch Everyone Go Nuts Over It

Exactly what was Lorin Maazel thinking when he, apparently out of the blue, publicly nominated Daniel Barenboim to be his successor at the helm of the New York Philharmonic? It’s unlikely that Maazel will have any influence over the search process, and Barenboim was apparently shocked to be mentioned. “He might simply have highlighted the difficulty of finding conductors of the highest stature to lead such U.S. orchestras as those in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit, all of which are looking for new music directors.”