Prince Charles drops in on a Vienna Philharmonic rehearsal

Musikverein today.

Photo: Dieter Nagl

l-r: Christian Thielemann, Prince Charles, Vienna Phil chairman Andreas GroĂźbauer, Thomas Angyan, concertmaster Rainer Honeck.


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  • What a waste of time and tax-payers money. What earthly good does all this do the cause of music except massaging the egos of Messrs. Angyan abd Grossbauer (who, according to the bush telegraph, is anyway likely not to be re-elected)…

    • Prince Charles is a very fine musician, and of all people in positions of power, he is seen at concerts and at the opera on an unofficial basis, so never causes any fuss. So give him a chance.

  • It’s a little late, but Happy Birthday Maestro Thielemann. And I laughed at the comments of Mario and Walt…

  • Come on, the guy loves music and has a reverence for it. When he heard Du Pre at a performance in the 1960s he took up the cello and joined a hobbyist quartet — maybe some of you can tell us more about this. I believe he’s been a suporter of JE Gardiner. He was born into a ridiculous role and tends to look ridiculous but c’mon, and here of all places. Or am I missing something?

    • No, dear Buxtehude, you are not missing anything. The heir to the throne is a good and wonderful human being. I sometimes wish him a different people…;-)

      • I saw him many years ago in Bayreuth. He stayed with German relatives, was very charming and did sit with Wolfgang Wagner and some singers till late night. He seemed truly interested and I thought that live he had much more charisma than in the media.

  • Someone mentioned that the orchestra hires women now. Yes your majesty there is one over there playing the harp. Oh yes, very good.

    • You are very wrong. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has a lot of women in their row. Even a concertmaster ist female. Her name is Albena Danailova. And she is just phantastic.

  • ‘See that central niche where a bass player usually stands? That’s where we are going to put a life-size statue of me just to jinx Petrenko when he comes here’

  • “If you wish… you can stand up there, My Lord, but we need a Chorus and the score for Handel’s Hallelujah”

  • He’s born into a system that the British people have not seen fit to alter. His duties include vising things, many of which are likely of little or no interest to him. He does it with good grace. If he puts on the list some things that do interest him, where’s the harm?

    Many people here are always whingeing about the lack of support for classical music. Here’s a public figure supporting it. Grow up.

      • Come on – lighten up chaps! This was put in as a joke and we were asked for captions – you are meant to write a witty caption for the picture – usually something being said by one of the parties. Google ‘Private Eye covers images’ and you’ll see what is required. Perhaps this is something which doesn’t translate well – that British sense of humour again!

  • ==Many people here are always whingeing about the lack of support
    ==for classical music. Here’s a public figure supporting it.

    Yes, well said ! HRH is a great man.

  • Any of those pictured might well be saying to the others:

    ‘THIS is a photo that will set the geese to honking!’

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