Thursday, 28 July 2011

Music for Norway

We’re very lucky to live so close to a town dedicated to the arts.  During the summer they have regular music events - most of them ticket only affairs (and much too expensive for our modest budget), but some of them are held in the Piazza and are free to anyone who comes along.  On Sunday the Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich is performing (check out her Bach on YouTube) and two nights ago it was the Orchestra Cantelli from Milan. 


We’ve had a few days of stormy weather, and the sunset on the drive down the mountain to Pietrasanta was spectacular.



We were too late to get a seat, so had to stand in the Piazza, but the music was well worth it.  Perhaps it’s just the surroundings, but it felt magical. 


They played Verdi (the audience humming along!) Corelli, Mozart and Vivaldi, and then the conductor Michael Guttman announced that they were going to play Grieg’s Andante Religioso as a tribute to those who died in Norway at the weekend. Everyone in the square was silent, listening and thinking of the bereaved families.   It was very moving and I thought I'd like to share it here.


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