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.

Image credit - Reuters: Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and other errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk
If you enjoyed this post take An Overgrown Path to
Size does matter


Pliable said…
In today's Guardian Charlotte Higgins offers an interesting explanation as to the significance of the András 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.

Recent popular posts

A street cat named Aleppo

Classical music's biggest problem is that no one cares

Whatever happened to the long tail of composers?

Storm clouds gather over Aldeburgh

Master musician who experienced the pain of genius

Philippa Schuyler - genius or genetic experiment?

The purpose of puffery and closed-mindedness

Wagner, Mahler and Shostakovich all sound like film music

The Berlin Philharmonic's darkest hour

Third rate music on Naxos' American Classics?