Posted at 9:27 AM on November 10, 2008
by Gillian Martin
Remember the old story about Beethoven getting uppity with a Prince? "There are and will be thousands of princes; but there is only one Beethoven." Well, princes are harder to come by these days, but apparently there is only one Muti.
Conductor Riccardo Muti was scheduled to lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in a private performance in Buckingham Palace this Thursday, part of the 60th birthday celebration for Charles, the Prince of Wales. When the guest of honor and his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, dared to question Muti's program (perhaps it was a bit too long? not quite appropriate?), Muti took his baton and went home.
Read the whole story (including why the Queen was already a bit peeved with Maestro Muti) here.
I'm not entirely convinced that everything is what it seems.
If the programme had really been planned so carefully months ago why was it changed two weeks before the celebration?
So there is nothing wrong with Muti but with the royal family and their advisors. It is totally unfair to accuse the
Italian conductor when it is their fault.