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Transport minister plays Mozart for harried drivers

The Local · 3 Nov 2011, 10:52

Published: 03 Nov 2011 10:52 GMT+01:00

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“Adiago in the Car” features Ramsauer playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto Nr. 21 while backed by Berlin’s Deutsche Oper.

“There are more secrets in one slow movement by Mozart than in the entirety of federal transportation policy,” he told reporters at the launch of the CD in Berlin.

Ramsauer, 57, originally wanted to be a concert pianist. But when he was 17-years-old, his piano teacher warned him to “think twice” about his musical aspirations.

He took the hint and decided to study economics and enter a career in politics – a wise decision, he admitted this week.

He has, however, continued to play the piano on an amateur level, gaining some recognition around the country for the musical talent that he displays publicly from time to time.

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Ramsauer said the €6 CD is supposed to reduce road rage, but it’s not clear whether thinking of the transportation minister during a traffic jam might actually make drivers more upset than they normally are.

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12:16 November 3, 2011 by freechoice
Instead of thinking of ways to fix the transportation bottlenecks in the country, Germany's transport Minister prefers to go into Music industry and churn out CDs of his own private recitals. I guess this is how things are run in the country.
01:59 November 4, 2011 by vonSchwerin
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It's not much different in America. Instead of teaching undergraduates or writing books about early 20th-century philosophy, Harvard's star Afro-American professor, Cornel West, preferred to go into the Music industry and churn out hip-hop CDs.
09:11 November 4, 2011 by DoubleDTown
good thing he did this, I heard there was a real shortage of recordings of Mozart's music.
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