Politically Savvy Musicians

The Chicago Symphony’s recent launch of its Citizen Musician program got me thinking about civic involvement and our responsibilities to our community as musicians particularly in light of the recent developments in Hungary. A group of artists which includes the pianist András Schiff and the conductor Ádám Fischer have spoken out about the new media law in that country restricting artistic freedom. Read more Viktor Orbán’s government policies in this post from Der Spiegel. These Hungarian artists are truly Citizen Musicians.

And speaking of music in difficult times, check out the Pristine Classical releases of Wilhelm Furtwängler’s recordings of the Berlin Philharmonic during WW II. Alex Ross describes the “palpable agony” of the March 1942 Beethoven 9 excerpt. Listen and decide for yourself.

While you’re at it, check out Taruskin’s ominously entitled book The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays here in your Robinson Music Library.

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