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Classical music goes free to console virus-hit music lovers

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Published on March 21, 2020 with No Comments

The conductor at Royal Opera of Versailles strode up onto the rostrum baton in hand to attack Beethoven’s Fifth, before turning to bow to the audience.

Except there was no one there other than his orchestra. Such is live music in time of the virus, as governments across the world close down concert halls to try to contain the pandemic.

But for Francois-Xavier Roth and the musicians of Les Siecles orchestra at the beautiful opera house next to the Palace of Versailles near Paris, the show had to go on, even if only for the cameras.

They were not alone. Many of the world’s greatest orchestras and opera houses are also streaming their production free as a consolation to music lovers in these trying times.

The Russian-German pianist Igor Levit has been giving daily recitals to his 60,000 Twitter followers under the banner “No Fear”, and sharing encouraging messages and morale-boosting quotations.

The American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato gave a live recital last Sunday from her sitting room with the Polish tenor Piotr Beczala on Instagram and Facebook.

The French violinist Renaud Capucon tweeted a video of himself playing Dvorak using the NomadPlay application, which allows musicians to be accompanied by a whole virtual orchestra.

 

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