This post originally appeared on the In The Dark blog. I agree wholeheartedly with both the telescoper and Barenboim.
Daniel Barenboim made this wonderful speech at the BBC Proms at the weekend. It seems to have annoyed some people who get annoyed when someone expresses something that doesn’t fit in their own narrow minds, and does it with grace, eloquence and great dignity. I’m posting it here to annoy such people still further. It’s no more than they deserve.
And here is the encore that followed the speech – Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 – in full. It’s a piece I usually hate. This was the first time in my whole life that I’ve actually enjoyed it.