Surprise, surprise: Vienna and Salzburg are all kissy-kissy again

Every few years the Salzburg Festival threatens to sack the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and replace it with some other ensemble of equivalent rank.

The Viennese give a weary sigh and say ‘nobody plays it like we do.’
Then the politicians have their say and the press whip it up and, for a few weeks, we read headlines that the old alliance is broke and will never be repaired. Stand by Berlin and Sir Simon, this could be your big moment.
Yeah, right.

Forget the headlines. The Vienna Philharmonic and the Salzburg Festival have just agreed a new deal until 2016 under which the orchestra will play four out of six operas each year, plus concerts. 
So no need to sell the second home in the Salzkammergut.

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