Spain’s foremost conductor lays down his batonmain
In the week that King Juan Carlos announced his abdication, the country’s senior conductor has declared his retirement.
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, 80 and still chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, has confirmed that his recent collapse in Washington and cancellations elsewhere were the consequence of cancer treatment. His dignified statement reads:
‘After meeting with my doctors, I have come to the following conclusion: I have to recognize publicly that I have cancer and that in this state of health and with deep sorrow I am not able to conduct at my standards and the moment to quit professional matters has come.’