Covid claims a music critic

Covid claims a music critic


norman lebrecht

May 18, 2020

The Salzburger Nachrichten has announced the death from Covid-19 of Derek Weber, its long-standing music critic, verteran of innumerable festivals. He was 72 or 73.

Aside from music, he was a distinguished economic historian and head of the Creditanstalt archive.

An Italophile, he got on well with Riccardo Muti.



  • nomen nescio says:

    Does the opening of the opera houses in Italy sound like a sound idea? Well, sure, if live music is more important than your life.

    • Something to pray for says:

      Hopefully annoying people like yourself will continue to self-isolate FOREVER!!!

    • Hilary says:

      With the correct measures in place I guess it’s ok. Testing is probably the key.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        Testing, I think, is largely pointless.

        Take, for example, Britain. It promises to trace 25,000 people a day. Unfortunately, it is likely that 25,000-50,000 people are contracting the virus each day at the moment in Britain. And each of them will typically interact with 2-3 people each. And each of those needs to be placed in quarantine for 14 days. [You get the idea.]

        Nevertheless, cautiously starting the process of reversing the lockdown is a good idea. Europe is over the worst, and the healthcare system can now cope. And we need to think about the damage to people’s lives the lockdown has caused.