It's all planned. I am managing to open and close all three orchestras' seasons.. I will be spending more time in airplanes than anywhere else next year, but everyone is going to get what they expect. I'll spend 13 weeks here, 14 in Paris, 10 in Frankfurt, a few with Kammerphilharmonie, and a few weeks guest conducting.
甫接任底特律交響樂團音樂總監的史拉特金（Leonard Slatkin）在10日1月新樂季首場音樂會一口氣安排三首美國作曲家巴柏（Samuel Barber）的作品，特別接受底特律當地報紙專訪，談論這位即將度過百歲冥誕的作曲家，儘管史拉特金以指揮巴柏而著稱，也曾與聖路易交響樂團錄下幾部巴柏作品，像是在Telarc的《弦樂慢版》（Adagio for Strings）或是與Elmar Oliveira合作的小提琴協奏曲，都是演錄俱佳的名盤。但是，引以為憾的是史拉特金並不曾不曾和巴柏本人見過面，在與巴柏熟識的鋼琴家John Browning一再提起他，史拉特金並與其合作灌錄巴柏鋼琴協奏曲後，這樣的感覺更加強烈，而且他對巴柏音樂中的文學性推崇有加～
Of all the composers, he seemed to be the most interested in finding connections between literary form and music. Hence, we have the "Essays," which were conscious decisions to find a way to infuse the formal structure of writing with the formal structure of music. Why that appealed to me was that in the one period of my life when I got out of music, I was an English major. Apparently, Barber was never seen without two or three books under his arm. He was always reading.
Musically, he was more connected to the 19th Century than the 20th. His three concertos are all virtuoso vehicles in the 19th-Century mold. The First Symphony I find an extraordinary formal structure. There are really only two tunes running through the whole thing, but by the time you get to the end, you don't actually realize that what you're hearing is the same thing you heard at the beginning but completely transmogrified. It's unbelievable -- this facility to manipulate ideas into the formal structure is unlike most composers I know today or through most of the 20th Century.
史拉特金還提到每次聽到歌劇《凡妮莎》（Vanessa）中的詠歎調"Must the Winter Come So Soon?" 都會炫然欲泣，為了這句話，筆者決定打完這篇網誌後，一定要把CD找出來聽看看...
◆ Edgar Meyer/Bela Fleck/Zakir Hussain Triple Concerto (recorded live on Jan. 9-11, 2009) with Slatkin and the DSO (on Koch) with a planned release date of August 2009;
◆ Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 (to be recorded live Sept. 24-27, 2009) and Vocalise (to be recorded live Sept. 11-12, 2009) with Slatkin and the DSO (on Naxos) with a planned release date of winter 2009/2010; （按照規劃，史拉特金將指揮底特律交響樂團為Naxos灌錄拉赫曼尼諾夫交響曲全集，這將是他的第二套拉氏交響曲全套錄音）
◆ Alla Borzova's Songs for Lada (recorded live Jan. 15-17, 2009) and To the New World (to be recorded live Sept. 24-27, 2009) with Slatkin and the DSO (on Naxos) with a planned release date of spring 2010;
◆ Hannibal Lokumbe's Dear Mrs. Parks (to be recorded live Mar. 6-8, 2009 at the DSO's Classical Roots concerts) with Thomas Wilkins and the DSO (on Naxos) with an undetermined release date;
◆ Michael Daugherty's Route 66, Motor City Triptych, Fire and Blood, Raise the Roof (recorded live at select performances from Sept. 1999 to Oct. 2003) with Neeme Järvi and the DSO (on Naxos) with an undetermined release date.