Since last week, he has been stepping in for a compatriot in New York - Christoph Eschenbach, principal conductor of the NDR radio orchestra, is substituting at the New York Philharmonic for Music Director Kurt Masur, who is ill. Tonight (11/14), Eschenbach will conduct the orchestra for the last time. The program includes the Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra by Johannes Brahms, and the soloists are members of the orchestra. This provides Eschenbach with the opportunity to work closely with two influential musicians of the Philharmonic. For the German conductor, the collaboration may have special significance, as Eschenbach has been rumored to be a potential successor for Masur, who is leaving New York in the summer of 2002 to take over the Orchestre National de France in Paris. The New York Philharmonic, however, doesn't seem to be the only American orchestra that has cast an eye on Christoph Eschenbach, as Georg Hirsch reports.
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