Friday, May 2, 2008

Shirely Apthorp tells Beriners to calm down and get back to work

There's been a lot of pepperspray in the Berlin press lately about Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim. Esteemed music critic Shirley Apthorp in this article says that the cultural elite in Berlin blow things way out of proportion:

"Berlin's seemingly limitless capacity to teeter on the edge of cultural oblivion is a symptom of a city where too many well-funded institutions compete for the same dwindling subsidies.

It is also a feature of a music scene dominated by a handful of media-savvy alpha animals, most of whom would rather predict the end of the world as we know it than admit that the problems stem from schoolyard squabbles."

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