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Martha Argerich appeals to Greece to save radio orchestras

The international pianist, notoriously camera shy, has issued a video statement calling on the Greek government to reverse its decision to abolish the orchestras of public broadcasting. Watch.

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  1. PK Miller says:

    According to the NY Times this afternoon, public broadcasting itself has been resurrected. What of the orchestras etc., they don’t say. What a ghastly mess….

  2. It’s hard to tell what that is. The picture doesn’t seem to be working and it sounds like she’s in a noisy restaurant. And speaking in French, which doesn’t do many people much good.

    • cultural imperialism, English de rigueur…?

      French was for hundreds of years the language of diplomacy, still one of two languages in north amerika…and spoken by most Europeans, UK well as in many countries in Africa and the Caribbean..

      • I hate to break it to you but English is the international language. If Argerich wants to get her message out to more people, she might consider releasing videos in a language that Greeks can understand. Nothing against French but it’s only spoken by only 2% of the world’s population.

      • Juanita says:

        Sorry, French is not spoken by most Europeans, in fact both English and German (individually!) are more widely spoken in Europe than French.

        • I do not know for german, but french is spoken in Belgium, Swiss, Luxenburg and France. The “english” language spoken by europeans is terrible. In the E. Parlement, all the official texts written by so called “english speaking people” from Europe need to be translated from … “globish” for …. Great Britain and Irland. Most of the time, french is spoken at a better level. And in the world: Asia and Africa (ex-colonies: many countries) , various islands…

  3. GONZALO says:

    greeks speak more french tahn English… Argerich speaks 8 languages… It does not matter the language , it´s the message… I ´m sorry you can only speak English…

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