The Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle its conductor forsook Salzburg and is now adored in Germany.
The first day was Bach: St. John's Passion - masterful, compassionate and emotional.
The second day we had:
- Ligetti - Atmosphères
- Wagner - Introduction to Lohengrin
- Brahms - Violin Concerto, Op. 77
- Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps,
played by the now mature, peerless and
beautiful Anne-Sophie Mutter.
The third day, for reasons I failed to fathom, Ligeti, Wagner, Stravinsky again, and Elgar - Concert for Violoncello and Orchestra 85. The violoncello played by Sol Gabetta, Argentinian, pretty and stylish with self-conscious smiles at the travelling camera, she delighted the senses but not like Jacqueline du Pré, whose playing I worship & revere - it is hard to believe she died in 1987.
The fourth day was Puccini: Manon Lescaut, set in the 1940's in occupied France, directed by Richard Eyre - glorious.