A distinct lack of soloists

The publication of the facsimile of the programme for the concert in Berlin on 7 February 1943 (Sibelius and Brahms) serves to remind us that the concerts of that period in the capital of the Third Reich no longer presented many great soloists.

They were elsewhere: abroad in the case of those who had gone into exile, confined to their occupied countries (although some of these did make the journey...), or not daring to travel to a city where the flames of incendiary bombs burned more brightly than the stars of music…

19 September 2018

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