Only in Berlin: Maestro and football boss warm up for big match

The Konzerthaus has just published an intercut video of the match-day routines of conductor Ivan Fischer and Herta Berlin chief trainer Dárdai Pál. Both work in neighbouring facilities and both are Hungarian, which is to say they appreciate the finer things in life without condescension.




Would never happen in Manchester.

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  • What does this video want to convey? That classical music is not elitist, because it is like football? That football is artistic / musical? That Fischer is a nice guy, in spite of being a conductor? That Mr Pal coaches his team like Fisher prepares Beethoven? That football fans are welcome in the Konzerthaus? The mind boggles.

  • There relationship between soccer and orchestras may be somewhat tenuous, but Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful football manager of all time was once taken to a concert, his first ever classical concert. He was absolutely captivated by the orchestra. The next day he spoke to his players about the rhythm, the tempo, the organisation and the control that the conductor had over the orchestra. He told them an orchestra reflects exactly what team-work is about. In his own words, “just fantastic. So I spoke to my players about the orchestra – how they are a perfect team.”

      • Probably, people still in doubt whether it would be a ‘cool’ thing to enter the Konzerthaus to hear a Beethoven symphony, which invokes the eery feeling of ‘conservative’, will feel reassured if a football coach is endorsing the idea. And the other way around: people suffering from cultural superiority complexes and having resisted the pressures from their little son to, if only ONE time, take him to a football match, can now surrender to an exercise in culturally-approved suffering amidst a screaming crowd.

    • When watching this video, you begin to wonder if censorship is, after all, not too bad a thing, in certain circumstances. Monumental buidings are protected against pigeons landing and defecating on the marble, paintings in museums have a little fence in front, or safety glass over its surface and where necessary, a guardian standing next to it. A piece of music is, of course, not an object so it cannot be damaged in the same way; but such projects as this are serious falsifications against which the public should be protected – as against poisoned sausages and infected tomatoes.

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