Based on his skills, his career station, and his evident rapport with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the French conductor Stéphane Denève is rumored to be one of the candidates under consideration for the music director post. That said, with the details of these searches guarded like Kremlin secrets, it’s hard to know exactly where any one conductor stands.
Denève has certainly been around a lot recently, leading the orchestra in Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Tanglewood. He is back on the BSO podium this week, and has brought with him a clutch of French rarities he admires, beginning with Berlioz’s Overture to “Les Francs-Juges,” last played in Symphony Hall four decades ago. With a boldly drawn performance, Denève made an eloquent case for hearing this very early work — the composer’s Opus 3 — as a kind of capsule summary of future genius.