Philippe Jordan (Photo: Arve Dinda)
A Conductor of Rare Sensitivity
BY JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 30 Mar 05]
On Monday night, the Metropolitan Opera began another run of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” but without music director James Levine in the pit. He was at Carnegie Hall, directing his new band, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conducting at the Met was Philippe Jordan, the sensational young Swiss. He is the son of the esteemed maestro Armin Jordan; indeed, they are the most noted father-son conducting pair since the Kleibers. But Philippe will far outpace Armin. That is the safe betting, at least.
Two years ago, young Mr. Jordan made a splash at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He was alert, commanding, very, very musical. And he has already become a conductorial hero at the Salzburg Festival.
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