The Orchestre de Paris, independent since its foundation in 1967, has been made a department of the Philharmonie de Paris at the stroke of a minister’s pen.
The orchestra loses its independence immediately.
One ambitious bureaucrat will benefit, the music will lose out.
Laurent Bayle, president of the Philharmonie and now overall master of the orchestra said the move will give the orchestra ‘a stringer resonance at international level.’
He does not mention that Berlin, London, New York and other cities have all considered integrating their best orchestra with the arts centre and all rejected it for the same reason – it damages the orchestra.
The impending merger may have been a factor in Daniel Harding’s resignation earlier this year.