Following the recent Krystian Zimerman furore, this has just winged in from our China correspondent, Rudolph Tang:
A pirated recording of Andras Schiff’s recital in Shanghai has sparked media frenzy. The private recording, made on June 15th at Shanghai Concert Hall, was re tweeted more than a thousand times on the Chinese social media among music fans.
The owner of this recording who did not disclose his identity said in an interview with one of the local news outlets that all he cared about was sharing and he would delete the file should he be approached by Schiff’s agency.
Shanghai Concert Hall expressed concern over piracy but denied speculation of a blacklist. With the advancement of technology, pirate recordings of concerts prevail in favourite destinations for visiting artists like Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai.
The recordings are often shared on social media sites available for download for free among die-hard music fans. There are pirate recordings of Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer, Andras Schiff, Jorg Demus, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Munich Philharmonic, Les Arts Florissants, Seoul Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, WEDO, all made during their recent appearances in China.