Four premier orchs rally to save Danish bacon

Four premier orchs rally to save Danish bacon


norman lebrecht

December 11, 2015

We have seen letters from four of Europe’s prime ensembles, appealing to the Danish government not to decimate the historic orchestra of the Royal Theatre.

The outcry, led by Daniel Barenboim, has been taken up by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as Barenboim’s Berlin Staatskapelle, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, who writes: ‘it is one of the world’s finest orchestras’.

Here’s Rattle’s brief (auf Deutsch):

berlin phil letter

No reply yet from the Borgen politicians.


  • Holger H. says:

    Most frequent google searches in Danish government circles currently:

    “Who is Daniel Barenboim”
    “Who is Simon Rattle”
    “Who is Berlin Philharmonic”

  • Dave says:

    No rich Danes to pick up the tab?

    • Anon says:

      Define “rich”. Denmark is a rich country, still. In a cultural sense. Isn’t that the most important meaning of rich?
      Now they are trying to get rid of their richness, who knows why.
      Maybe because they simply don’t know the true meaning of rich anymore?

  • Dave says:

    I am always amused when celebrities, in this case conductors, write letters urging a government or populace to back whatever concern. If these conductors pulled some money out of their fat wallets I would take their pleas more seriously.