In times of tragedy, classical music is automatically summoned for comfort. Giving succor after a terrorist attack , as Barber's Adagio for Strings did in a Paris memorial to victims of last month's terrorist attack, is unquestionably noble employment. Providing essential time and space for reflection is music's matchless way of offering thoughts and prayers. But dare we ask music for action to accompany empathy, as some have been doing from off...
Radu Lupu is one of a number of leading musicians to have been named in the recently announced New Year Honours list. The outstanding Romanian pianist, 70, has been awarded the CBE, while fellow pianist Malcolm Martineau and conductor Steuart Bedford have received OBEs.
I'm a wee bit older than the piano in that photo! Congrats to Steinway! You are the Musical Masters of The Universe.
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