Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Strange but true ...

1. When prime minister Tony Blair was received at the Vatican last Friday (right) his gift to Pope Benedict XVI was a boxed set of the Mozart Piano Concertos played by Daniel Barenboim who also directs the Berlin Philharmonic from the keyboard - I'm trying to think of the significance of this.

2. Rock star, and environmental guru to the rich and famous, Sting has recorded a CD of Downland lute songs, which will be released in October by Deutsche Grammophon, purveyor of classical music to the rich and famous - I'm trying not to think of the significance of this.

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1 comment:

Pliable said...

In today's Guardian Charlotte Higgins offers an interesting explanation as to the significance of the AndrĂ¡s Schiff Mozart Concertos - they are extremely cheap, £25 ($45US) for nine CDs plus a bonus DVD to be precise.

Good to see the UK Treasury watching the prime ministerial hospitality budget.

And a piece of music related trivia; the elder brother of Pope Benedict XVI was chorus master of the famous Regensburger Domspatzen Cathedral Choir in Germany between 1964 and 1994.

Follow this link for a biography.