The Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer has responded with doom and dismay to the announcement by the Danish national broadcaster, DR, that is it closing down its chamber orchestra, of which he is chief conductor.
Fischer has made highly successful Mozart recordings with the orch. He says, inter alia, ‘we don’t all have 17 more years to begin all over again’.
(photo: Agnete Schlichtkrull)
Statement from Adam Fischer
Chief conductor, The Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Like most of those affected I have only now heard of the plans to close down the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. Right now I am in a state of shock; I can hardly believe that this is true, nor can I envisage an artistic future without the orchestra. I have been working with the musicians for 17 years. We have succeeded in developing an internationally unique and characteristic musical style admired – and rightly so – all over the world.
And at the very time when our work is beginning to bear fruit, when the orchestra is getting invitations from important music centres worldwide, all is in ruins – I would have sworn this was impossible. To destroy is easy; to build up and restore the lost confidence is many times harder. We do not all have 17 more years to begin all over again. I certainly do not.
Over the past few years I have seen constantly enthusiastic audiences in Copenhagen. And I’d like to think that sometimes during the concerts we have created some truly life-affirming moments. I know that the orchestra costs money. But I would like to believe that the moments of joy that the musicians of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra give their audiences are more valuable. Anyone who has ears to hear will know what I mean.
I appeal to all those who have taken pleasure in our concerts, who have delighted in experiencing Beethoven and Mozart, to think about how the orchestra can be saved.
September 10th, 2014