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An ever-vigilant FBvian tracks down the blog of one Kerry Turner, a composer and French horn player based in Luxembourg who grew up in San Antonio. After the jump, Turner tells us something else about van Zweden that the Morning News, in its 3,519 words, didn’t.

So. I have always heard about conductors who, for some unknown and unexplained reason, decide they intensely dislike the principal horn player in an orchestra from the first moment. Indeed, I have heard of horn players being ruined by such strained relations with and intimidation from the conductor. I must say I have never been in that position, up until this past week with Jaap van Zweden. As for me, I thought I was doing a pretty darn good job on two works which I know quite well, and I think I can safely say that my standards are rather high. But it seemed to me that Mr. van Zweden had something to say about EVERY note I played. That, combined with an expression of disgust on his face, bombarded my otherwise confident demeanor. In other words, he beat me to a pulp. My blood pressure went up, my head was about to explode, and I had to take Inderal for the concerts. I am happy to report, however, that following each concert, Mr. Jaap van Zweden offered the horns the first solo bow. So I must have done something right. Unfortunately, the whole experience was so negative (despite the orchestra having sounded really fantastic) that I can’t wait to forget about it and move on. So, a stern warning to horn players around the world: Jaap van Zweden is climbing the career ladder, and he’s coming to an orchestra near you! :->

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