The BBC have published the conductor’s speech after a sweat-soaked Götterdämmerung brought the BBC Proms Ring to a triumphant end. ‘What you went through with us is something I never dreamt of and never thought possible,’ he told the audience. ‘You have brought so much silence.’
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He offered special thanks to a veteran concertmaster, Professor Wolf-Dieter Batzdorf, who was retiring after 40 years. The conductor had a furious altercation with a concertmaster at the end of Die Walküre. This was a dignified and generous way of laying the matter to rest.