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10,000 signatures and top composers attack the demolition of German radio orchestra

The campaign to save the SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg is gathering pace. More than 10,000 members of the public have signed a petition and there is a new channel on Youtube where leading musical figures add their voices to the general outcry. Leading the rally are composers Wolfgang Rihm (who says ‘what would we composers be without such orchestras?’) 
and Jörg Widmann

Also speaking out are the elegant and charming French cellist Jean-Guyhen Queyras

and, with copious musical examples, the brilliant accordianist Andreas Nebel.

Solidarity by the big-beast German orchestras has been – thus far – muted. Among the prominent names who signed the petition are conductors  Helmuth Rilling and Mariss Jansons, the singer Thomas Quasthoff and the violist Tabea Zimmermann. SWR has been ordered to make savings of 166 million Euros by the year 2020.

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  1. Shrinking is the road to death. Expansion is the road to life. Which direction is chosen is an index to the spiritual condition of the one choosing, whether an individual, a group, a government or culture.

    We must say NO to shrinking and death and YES to expansion and life.

    Paul Polivnick, Conductor Laureate
    New Hampshire Music Festival

  2. Barry Johnstone. says:

    I’m finding this agenda of shrinking orchestra’s absolutely STUPID – not to mention extremely short-sighted!

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