Alarming news that the Südwestrundfunk (Southwest German Broadcasting Corporation) is threatening the very existence of its two orchestras: Stuttgart and that of Baden-Baden and Freiburg. As if the former had not suffered enough under the vibrato-free tutelage of Roger Norrington... Anyone with the slightest interest or care for twentieth- , let alone twenty-first-century music will know how much the latter orchestra in particular has contributed towards the cause. A petition has been drawn up; please click here to sign.
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