The other half is shutting down the local orchestra, the SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg, whose conductor Francois-Xavier Roth is about to release his debut recording – Mahler, as it happens. The state, say politicians, cannot afford a resident orchestra.
The German Orchestral Society has just put up a petition you can sign to help save the SWR orchestra.
I wonder if it ever occurred to the members of the Berlin Philharmonic that they may be snatching bread out of other musicians’ hungry mouths. Or has Darwinism finally triumphed in the orchestral sector?