Prom 34: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Ingo Metzmacher / Leonidas Kavakos - Royal Albert Hall, 10 August 2010
Though the BBC chose not to mention it anywhere, Tuesday night's Prom marked Ingo Metzmacher's final concert as chief conductor of the DSO. Regular readers may have gathered from previous posts the flavour of German orchestral politics, and the extraordinary influence wielded by public funding bodies there. Metzmacher's departure is another twist on the familiar story. Denied the cash required to fill what he considers essential orchestral positions, Metzmacher shocked everyone including his orchestra by choosing to resign.