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Is London really the world centre for music?

By Ivan Hewett   October 1999

Is London best?

As the September evenings began to draw in, that amazing musical cornucopia, the Proms, rose to its climax, with two concerts each from the Vienna Philharmonic and the Bavarian State Orchestra in the final week. As long as the Proms are on, London’s boast that it is the centre of the musical world seems justified. The rest of the year, it’s not so clear-cut. There are more concerts in a day in London than you might get in a week in Paris. But why do Londoners so rarely see conductors such as Muti, Barenboim, Ozawa or Mehta?…

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