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.