A Very Touching Moment
Norman Lebrecht posted about an incident between the concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra and Daniel Barenboim during the recently concluded performance of Wagner’s Ring Cyle at this year’s Proms. It had a happy ending, though – Barenboim addressed the audience after the final performance, thanking them, the orchestra, and the chorus, and ending by thanking the concertmaster (who is retiring after 40 years) and asking the audience to “give him the greatest applause of the evening” – which they did.
Listen to it here. You’ll also hear Barenboim’s explanation for why he didn’t want to use the English term for concertmaster.