The Moscow Philharmonic was ordered today to pay four million rubles to the Russian authors’ society for works by living composers that were played in its concerts. The orchestra had been disputing on a matter of principle. It claimed it was unfair to charge the same for an eight-minute prelude as for a half-hour symphony. The court, however, ruled otherwise.
In a statement, the MPO said it would comtinue to perform contemporary works – once it had raised the cash to pay the bill.