This Friday the traffic was so bad I didn’t even manage to get to the auditorium in time. I only just arrived in time for the second half, after the interval. I believe there had been an accident on one of the roads leading into Milan. The problem is, that once you are on the road, you can’t get off!
I’m glad I went though because there was a fascinating performance of music by Gyorgy Kurtag, based on “What is the word” by Becket. The musicians were placed all around the theatre so the sound (and the silence) came from all sides. A very interesting experience. I notice that the public very often gives “new” music a lukewarm reception. It does seem strange that we, men and women of the 21st century feel more affinity with the long dead rather than the still living.