I think the papers and the LA Phil PR dept made it into more of an "affair" than it really was. It is not uncommon for principal players to try out another orchestra before committing and before completely quitting another. Indeed, the CSO's assistant principal bassoon also tried out the LA Phil during that same time and decided to stay in Chicago but nobody wrote a word about it.
Yes. Precisely. Both the LA and Chicago media didn't handle this well: the first bragged about getting Dufour way
before time and the Chicagoans retaliated, so to speak. It wasn't pretty at times and Chicago media should have restrained from I told ya's
A bigger fuss was made about Dufour because he really is an exceptional player, second only to Pahud perhaps.
I agree with this assessment.
From what I know through the grapevine, Dufour had perfectly good personal reasons for seriously considering LA to the point of taking unpaid leave from the CSO this season, and had again perfectly sound personal reasons for deciding in the end that staying in Chicago made more sense. Needless to say, Patner will probably find it harder getting interviews from Dufour in the future.
I don't really have any trouble believing there were perfectly good reasons.
Still, he didn't make all the right steps, I guess: the whole flirtatious, vague, "misty" move to LA all of a sudden — I wonder how the fellow CSO players felt about that — and then the "rejection" of LA Phil — which certainly jeopardises Dufour's connections with that orchestra.
Patner declared he stands by his reporting.
So... I guess I'm still intrigued and many things are vague and fishy here. To me.
P. S. Will you post your thoughts/review of the concert somewhere? I'd like to read it if you do.