Barenboim gets Bake-off treatment on British TVmain
The unseen 1970 Christopher Nupen films of Daniel Barenboim are to be presented on Channel 4 by the comedian Sandi Toksvig.
Sandi says; “Beethoven has meant so much to me. It broke my heart to learn that towards the end of his life he became profoundly deaf. Imagine being the creator of sublime music and yet unable to hear it but his response to this tragedy was to declare – “I will seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.” I think of that each time I feel knocked down by something. If Beethoven could keep going when he couldn’t hear then we too can grab fate by the throat and do our best to turn life into what we choose. Fate is not in charge.”
Er…. towards the end of his life? Beethoven was 31 when he wrote the Heiligenstadt Testament in which he told his brothers that he was now profoundly deaf. British television seems to have an inexhaustible supply of what the Russians would call ‘useful idiots’.
Ms Toskvig is a presenter on its Bake-off programmes.
Beethoven would have told her to baker off.