I caught up with Gregory Vajda, the resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony, to get his thoughts about conducting the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival. Vajda had been under contract as the cover conductor Peter Eötvös for in case he became ill. Well, did become ill after traveling back and forth between Salzburg and Glyndebourne. So, Vajda got the call to conduct on Saturday evening.
I talked with Vajda at the Black Rooster Cafe; so there's some noisy coffee making going on in the background.
Here's the Béla Bartók program that Vajda conducted:
Four Pieces for Orchestra op. 12.
Cantata profana – The Nine Enchanted Stags for tenor, baritone, double chorus and orchestra.
Click here to go to the Salzburg Festival site (where Vajda's is listed as the conductor for August 23).