Straight-talking Franz Welser-Möst has been talking straight again.
Asked by Wien.ORF.at who he'd like to see conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker's New Year concert, frank Franz tells them instead who shouldn't.
Simon Rattle is "fantastische" but, one infers, not quite Austrian enough. As Franz puts it, Sir Simon - whose numerous crimes against fashion have yet to incorporate lederhosen - doesn't know how to connect with this sort of music, and said as much to Welser-Möst.
Franz concludes "Not everyone can do everything, that's how it is."