Thursday, July 20, 2017

Someone who SHOULD shut up

Brexit is the exit of Britain from the European Union.  It is very controversial in England.  Prominent English Jew, Stephen Pollard, went to a classical concert.  He loved it.  Except...

There’s an old Jewish joke about the curse of the Plotnick Diamond. The diamond is magnificent – one of the largest and purest in the world. But the woman who wears it tells everyone that it comes with a curse: Mr Plotnick.

That’s sometimes how I feel about Daniel Barenboim. There is no greater musician on earth. He is incapable of a routine performance and his insights, either as a pianist, a conductor or a lecturer on music, are peerless. But to get that side of him you have to put up with the other – the compulsion to tell the rest of us what we are doing wrong in our non-musical lives.

It’s a price I am more than happy to pay, but his antics on Sunday night at the Proms have riled many. He didn’t mention Brexit by name – and was careful to say his words were “not political” – but you’d have to be verbally tone deaf not to get what he meant.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If he is annoying, just ignore what he says.