Covid is killing the role of conductormain
The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, like most large ensembles, has been forced by Covid rules to play with fewer musicians on stage, in an empty hall, effectively as a chamber orchestra.
Its latest programme reads:
idyll. Suite for string orchestra
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Five Variants of “Dives and Lazarus” for harp and string orchestra
Serenade for Strings in E flat major, op.6
As they were rehearsing, the players realised this was the first time in its history that the orchestra was appearing without a conductor.
It won’t be the last – for them, or for others.
The first victim of Covid is the orchestral conductor.