I don't know what was wrong with me but I was vaguely bored last night, my own ignorant fault of course. Or maybe I was simply waiting for what I really wanted to hear. "Thus spake Zarathustra!" Of course it's one of those popular pieces that everybody knows but not everybody knows whose it is.… Continue reading Auditorium ? Wow!
https://englishthatgrows.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/beethoven-9-chicago-symphony-orchestra-riccardo-muti-mp3cut.net_.mp3 I really don't mean to grumble all the time but needs must! This year my season ticket to the auditorium gave me the possibility to hear Beethoven's ninth on New Year's Eve. Lovely, until...I caught a glimpse out of the speeding train of the magic stop Duomo but we sped by! Where was the… Continue reading Obstacle race to Beethoven
So we listened to a Chopin piano concerto performed by Boris Petrushansky Rusian-born but naturalized Italian; after the Chopin, Prokoviev's Cinderella suite, composed for ballet. After the concert, back to the tram stop.There's a certain ferment there, what's up? A notice telling us rather tersely that there is no tram but a SUBSTITUTE. The very… Continue reading Traumatic concert,continued..
On Friday, the Auditorium as usual. It was a terrible rush because there was a strike and I had to get to the Underground stop before 6 pm. Only just made it. The programme was entirely dedicated to Brahms, the third and the fourth and it drew a large audience. Judging by the applause everyone… Continue reading Back to Brahms
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… Continue reading Music and traffic
Oh dear, it's Friday already and I still haven't told you about this week's music! Last Friday I was too tired to drag myself down (up?) to Milan but when I saw we had Haydn (Funeral symphony) and Rossini's Stabat Mater....well you can be tired any time you want, but a concert is a concert!… Continue reading Time flies
Wednesday evening I went to Milan Auditorium to hear a very interesting concert; but I got more than I bargained for! First we heard Grieg's suite no.1 op.46 da Peer Gynt. It's a piece everyone knows and loves, particularly the descriptive "morning" shimmering like sunrays on water! After the interval Dvorak's Number 9 commonly known… Continue reading More music!
Yesterday evening I went to the Milan Auditorium for the first concert of the season. It was wonderful to be back, sitting in a comfortable seat, soft low lights and enveloped by great music. I've never really liked c.d's always preferring old-fashioned vinyl and I'm really happy it seems to be making a come-back. Maybe… Continue reading Music