A few days ago I quoted Norman Lebrecht as saying that the late Peter Andry was:
...part of a golden generation of gifted Australians who enriched British life and world culture.A reader has reminded me that in 2005 Norman wrote:
Little in their [Australians] sunkissed insularity has equipped them for the ethnic and economic diversity of British arts and their focus is so short-term that only the most desperate of boards would, it seems to me, choose a second-string Aussie above a locally experienced, lifelong committed Brit. It makes no sense at all... The arts thrive on merit, and if an Aussie is the best candidate for any top job I'll be the first to put a chilled Chardy in their fist. But the Aussies are currently here mob-handed and mostly for the wrong reasons. Their country needs them more than we ever will. The message to these misfits is: Aussies, go home.From which we must assume Norman Lebrecht will play a central role in the forthcoming twelve day BBC Radio 3 Mozart extravaganza. For as he also wrote in 2005:
Too much Mozart makes you sick... Mozart is a menace to musical progress, a relic of rituals that were losing relevance in his own time and are meaningless to ours. Beyond a superficial beauty and structural certainty, Mozart has nothing to give to mind or spirit in the 21st century. Let him rest. Ignore the commercial onslaught. Play the Leningrad Symphony. Listen to music that matters.I claim no credit for my headline.
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