Thielemann and Jansons return their ECHO awardsmain
The conductor Christian Thielemann and his Staatskapelle Dresden have returned their ECHO awards over the latest prize which went to a pair of rappers with an Auschwitz joke.
A statement said: ‘A prize that puts sales above everything, and in a live performance on Holocaust Remembrance Day makes a mockery of the victims of the Third Reich, is a symbol of a form of cynicism which we do not stand for.’
Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio have also returned their Echo award.
Fabio Luisi was the first conductor to do so.
Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) have suspended their record deal with the offending rappers Farid Bang and Kollegah.