Everything that is wrong in „Mozart in the Jungle“, Season 3, Episode 8 „Circles within Circles“

Just when you thought it was safe to watch TV again a new series of „Mozart in the Jungle“ arrives, our favorite show that apparently exists in a parallel dimension to our dimension, a dimension where classical music is incredibly popular, where the stars look good without photoshop and where the audience screams with joy every time a conductor enters a stage.

Season 3 is again loaded with the little inconsistencies and inaccuracies that we have come to love, as screenwriters try desperately to understand the world of classical music and very often get it…completely wrong!

Still, I love the show, and nitpicking these details is a lot of fun, as long as we don’t confuse „Mozart in the Jungle“ with any kind of reality. Here we go again:

1) 2:30 having somebody exactly the same age as Malcolm McDowell saying „hey listen kid“ to him seems ludicrous.


2) 8:40 If I ever need a nice pick-up line I will cite this basket ball player…

3) 9:45 normally a conductor knows what piece will be rehearsed or how many musicians will turn up for the rehearsal.

4) 10:20 and suddenly it sounds like a perfectly edited CD recording – not bad for a first run-through. One should hire these New York Symphony guys more often – they can play everything perfectly instantly!

5) 11:20 also they can spontaneously play the lullaby in a perfect and subtle arrangement on the spot without any sheet music! (granted: it might be a dream or a vision by Rodrigo)

6) 15:20 „the way to bring bassoons in“ is to give them a bloody cue, just like for everybody else, Pemberton!

7) 23:00 a vey cute trait of Rodrigo: always immediately applauding his orchestra after the performance. Execept no conductor on this planet does it like that…ever!

8) 28:50 Although Rodrigo is portrayed as kind of crazy here these things (giving children without money classical instruments) are actually done quite often (fortunately). So he actually is quite reasonable and normal here!

Link to the episode