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?