Ozawa-Nhk Feud Is Over

For 32 years, the NHK Symphony, considered by many to be Japan’s best orchestra, and Seiji Ozawa, by far its most renowned conductor, played not a single note together.

The feud took place so long ago that Ozawa himself doesn’t recall all the details. What he remembers is the humiliation of showing up at a concert hall for a scheduled performance, baton in hand, to find no musicians and no audience.

On Monday night, Ozawa let bygones be bygones and led the NHK Symphony in a charity concert for disabled musicians in Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Tickets, at $170 apiece, had sold out in 25 minutes.


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