For nine years before he escaped in 1971 from the police state that was East Germany, Klaus Tennstedt was music director of the state orchestra and theatre in Schwerin. It was a Baltic town where he enjoyed the seascape and a good deal more freedom of speech than he had found possible in Dresden and Berlin. He always talked fondly of the place and of its musicians.
Now we read of plans to merge two theatres in the region and cut 61 jobs, 17 of them musicians.
Klaus, bless his memory, would have wept.