Monday, January 02, 2012
Great New Year's Day concert - now let's move on
Classical music started 2012 with the traditional New Year's Day concert in Vienna. At which a rich white Judeo-Christian audience wallowed in Western music by long-dead composers played by prejudiced and doubly prejudiced musicians under the baton of a jet set maestro in a showpiece event funded by that ornament of one percenters Rolex (who received a prominent plug on the BBC coverage) and distributed globally by media conglomerates. It was a really wonderful concert and there will doubtless be much self-congratulation about the 50 million people in 72 countries who tuned in to the TV coverage. But less will be made of the 6.95 billion in the other 124 countries who did not make the connection. While classical music debates nothing changes.
Header image shows that Vienna can move on - transcriptions of Strauss waltzes by Schoenberg, Berg and Webern played by the Boston Sympony Chamber Players on my 1979 LP version. Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk Also on Facebook and Twitter.