For many decades, the history of the Berlin Philharmonic during the Third Reich was shrouded in mystery -- an ethical taboo. Aster has finally broken the silence, navigating this terrible era with clarity, insight and sensitivity. The Philharmonic's experiences during its early years as a co--operative, followed by the period under Goebbels' control, were fundamental to shaping both the orchestra's musical culture and its organisational development ever since; the historic personalities and struggles are instantly familiar to the musicians today. With this book, Aster has made an important contribution to the conscience of our orchestra. --Sir Simon Rattle
A revelatory new book that chronicles the horribly close relationship between the most famous orchestra on the planet and the most evil regime the world has ever known. --Richard Morrison, The Times
Reveals the extent to which the orchestra sold out to Hitler s Nazi party, paraded itself before giant swastika backdrops at official Nazi rallies, and allowed itself to become the symbolic flagship of Joseph Goebbel s cultural propaganda... Lays out astonishing truths that had somehow remained suppressed. --The Scotsman
About the Author
Born in Canada in 1978, Misha Aster studied at the London School of Economics, McGill University, Harvard University, and the Free University of Berlin. He has written on music and politics for The Independent, Die Zeit and Walrus Magazine, among others, and as a stage director, has mounted opera productions in both North America and in Europe, most recently at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Tyrol State Opera.