Much innocent fun was had the other week from the inventions of a Chicago musician who posted on Youtube what he claimed were unknown pieces by Mozart, Haydn and Mendelssohn. The resultant debate was both entertaining and illuminating. Thousands of readers, myself included, are now better equipped to tell real Mozart from fake.
Now take a look at this:
The video appears under the title ‘Mozart 1st French horn concerto shreds’. On film you see Daniel Barenboim conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, with principal horn Radek Baborak as soloist in the first Mozart concerto. What you hear is an ugly overlay by an amateur horn player of limited puff who mimics Baborak and produces what he describes as a parody and a fake. ‘Shreds’ is apparently the online term for this sort of thing.
Is it worth getting upset about?
Your views, please.
Here’s one more… reportedly the most famous classical shred.