News just in: Salzburg dedicates opening concert to fallen media mogul

July 28, 2011 by Norman Lebrecht

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Not to him

Nor to him

The news is that the Festival wants to pay homage to Leo Kirch, who went bust in the past decade and died to weeks ago, aged 88. In his pomp, he created a classical video company called Unitel with Herbert von Karajan in 1964. They fell out, fell in again, fell out, but the work was high quality and Kirch was a fan. he secured rights to the Boulez-Chereau centennial Ring at Bayreuth and worked closely with Leonard Bernstein. A lot of money flowed from his bank account to premier orchestras and conductors.

The Vienna Philharmonic and Pierre Boulez will pay tribute.

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  1. Juliette says:

    Hurrah! Unitel did record some marvellous stuff. I like it.

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