Unhappy anniversary

Enough of the centenaries, bicentenaries and 85th birthdays. Let's celebrate classical music for the relevance it has today.

Another day, another classical music anniversary. Yesterday was the anniversary of Mozart's death, an occasion marked, as usual, by performances of his Requiem in Salzburg, Vienna, and, in a more interesting fashion, in Canterbury. By contrast, the BBC Philharmonic's marking of the occasion, with a programme consisting exclusively of works composed by Mozart in 1791, the year of his death, showed all the signs of fatigue from a year of celebrating the composer's birth 250 years ago (more like 251 now)...

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