The New York Times reports: “Ah, a conductor with benefits. Riding the train called Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra said it will release its first recording on a major label in 16 years, on Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Nézet-Séguin is the orchestra’s new music director, a rising star in the conducting world who has been recording for Deutsche Grammophon since 2008. The record deal shows how a highly touted conductor’s luster can bring extras. Mr. Seguin is in the middle of recording seven Mozart operas for Deutsche Grammophon and has an agreement for three orchestral recordings as conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, another orchestra he leads. The Philadelphia deal comes to an orchestra that only recently emerged from bankruptcy court and is struggling to re-establish its footing.” Well. That makes it kind of sound sad instead of awesome, doesn’t it?
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