The Munich Philharmonic is marking an anniversary with a performance of Mahler’s 8th.
It’s not really an anniversary since the orchestra had a different name and ownership 125 years ago – and, anyway, what kind of anniversary is 125?
A centenary I can celebrate.
150 years – just about.
But 125 is a symptom of all that is wrong with classical planning and marketing, clutching at numerical straws because they have run out of ideas.