Vienna Philharmonic surprises maestro with a ringmain
The orchestra awarded its ring of honour today to Franz Welser-Möst, music director of the Vienna State Opera.
‘Today during the interval of the rehearsal at Musikverein, I was awarded with the honorary ring of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,’ he writes. ‘I was speechless and touched..being very grateful.’
The ring of honour has been somewhat tarnished by recent revelations that it was conferred in the Third Reich to Nazi murderers.