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Books

For Jews in Occupied France, survival was a matter of luck

House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a 20th-Century Jewish Family by Hadley Freeman reviewed

By Norman Lebrecht

Books

Prepare to be amazed: the story of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra

Forward: 100 Years of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra by Richard Bratby reviewed

By Norman Lebrecht

Drink

Who invented the hamburger?

The immigrant origins of the all-American meal

By Norman Lebrecht

Art

‘I was really, really scared’: Jonas Kaufmann opens up about his #MeToo moment

‘Hi, it’s Jonas.’ When the great tenor rings from Vienna, I ask if there are any topics he wants me to avoid, such are his minders’ anxieties. ‘Ask anything,’ laughs Jonas. ‘I’m not shy.’ He is heading in from the airport to see a physio — ‘these concerts, you have to stand there all the […]

By Norman Lebrecht

Art

The secret, sordid lives of Met conductors

I once knew a great conductor who claimed that he never boarded a plane to a new orchestra without a tube of lube in his pocket. Just in case he got lucky (which he often did). Conductors are migratory birds who fly where their agents point them, hopping from one hotel bed to the next. […]

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