The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is continuing its search for a more permanent principal conductor. Don't get me wrong, Bernard Haitink has been doing an amazing job at keeping the orchestra in wonderful shape and challenging them at every turn. My most recent experience of Haitink was with the training orchestra of the CSO, and the results were stupendous. He is a conductor of international renown who is committed to a high level of musical excellence. Of course, he realizes that he can't accomplish that goal without the help of the orchestra he conducts. He would never say something like this:
Bernard Haitink realizes that good music is produced through the cooperation and combined dedication of himself and the orchestra before him. Great music is the combination of the conductor's vision and the orchestra's precision. One cannot be achieved without the other. Haitink would never believe that he could achieve great music on his own. Each player has a role to play, with each section's leader being responsible for the craftsmanship of those beneath him or her. He would never say something like this:
When Haitink leaves Chicago, I hope that his replacement will share his values about how to produce good music. There is no room for ego in the creation of art which is produced by over 100 people. The final product is more than the sum of its parts. If that is the belief of the conductor, there would be no animosity from those who work with him, not under him.