The Rattle Daily: ‘Perfect, but one beat late’

The conductor, in London for a Sibelius cycle and publicity blitz, tells BBC News: ”London and Munich are now the two great cities in the world who (sic) don’t have proper concert halls’.

Hmmm…. let’s think: Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, Johannesburg, Capetown, Delhi, Bombay, Tehran, Geneva, Hamburg….

And, while on the subject, why does BBC arts editor Will Gompertz refer to the ‘ Berliner Philharmoniker’ when the band has been known in English since 1882 as the Berlin Philharmonic? Pretentious twaddle, or arm-twisted branding?

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  • London seems to me to be a few steps up from Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, Johannesburg, Capetown, Delhi, Bombay, Tehran, Geneva, or even Hamburg. A city with so many orchestras and not one indisputably fine hall really does seem a bit odd.

  • Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have so many music lovers that they need to give the same concert more than once but neither of us has a decent concert hall.

  • Melbourne?! The Hamer Hall is a terrific refurbishment and Melbourne Recital Hall has one of the finest acoustics in the world

  • The Laeiszhalle in Hamburg is one of the best concert halls in Europe with superb acoustics. A good old decent “horse shoe”.

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