Real Life Begins to Return

May 19, 2021,07:10 AM

Last night I went to a concert at The Barbican in London. It was a moving experience.
After what seems like forever being 'in lockdown' at last we were allowed to go to concerts.
The Barbican is far from my favourite concert hall but last night it sounded fab.
The concert started with Sir Simon Rattle making a short emotional speech. He said that they (the musicians) had missed us terribly, playing to an empty hall was a barren experience, that they existed to play in front of people....."to breathe the same air, share the same thoughts and emotions"...the audience was ecstatic to be there and responded with enthusiastic applause. It was very moving.
The programme: Britten: A Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, Faure: Pelleas and Melisande, Dvorak: Slavonic Dances. Sir Simon quipped that they decided to start with The Young Persons Guide because..."we might have forgotten which instrument is which".......very droll!
Then they started,,,,I was surprised that I teared up at the sound of the full orchestra, it's been soooooo long. We easily forget how lucky we are, what charmed lives we lead.
The playing was wonderful, perfect ensemble playing, the woodwinds had incredible intonation, the sort where because they are exactly in tune with one another an extra set of harmonics comes out.
Sir Simon's conducting was subtle and fluid, phrases unobtrusively shaped, tempi and rubato 'just so'.
All-in-all a memorable evening.

Normally the Barbican acoustics are not good, but last night they were outstanding. I suspect that having only half the normal audience (social distancing malarky, dontcha know) and building out the main stage by about 10 feet (thus putting the orchestra almost amongst us) projected the sound as never before. A real result.

What an evening, it's great to be starting to live again.

Thanks for reading.

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Lovely dial Ant!

 By: sham1 : May 19th, 2021-07:54
The only time I ever went to the Barbican was in 1995 but I slept through the performance! I was not very cultured then. OK, ok, I have not changed much

To Each His Own

 By: ant : May 19th, 2021-15:19
I hope that you and yours continue to be safe and well. Kind regards Antony


 By: Esharp : May 19th, 2021-08:44
That’s funny, the HK Phil also performed (among other things) Pelleas et Melisande a few weeks ago too. It’s great to have live music again… Jaap van Zweden isn’t here but the band he’s trained up over the years is as good as ever and a young Austrian con... 

I Have to Admit to Not Knowing

 By: ant : May 19th, 2021-15:25
this wondeful, sensual piece. I didn't know what I was missing! I agree about the Barbican's acoustics but last night was an ear opener. It was full, warm and properly resonant, the first time I've heard that there. Maybe the original designers forgot to ... 

Oh wow…

 By: Esharp : May 20th, 2021-00:34
Now you’ve got me jealous with your upcoming concerts. If I still lived in London no doubt we’d have crossed paths…seems we have rather similar taste in music and watches! Enjoy the music and the Chopard… Best E.

Ah, E Sharp

 By: ant : May 20th, 2021-05:19
not F!! I did wonder. It sounds like you are into pianism. If so, I think that we are living in a golden age: Sokolov, Volodos, Kissin, Lugansky, Gavrilov, Pletnev, on YouTube, there are some amazing videos there. Also, you may not ... 

Good shot ! ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 19th, 2021-09:03
Keep enjoying life.


 By: ant : May 19th, 2021-15:26
I intend to do just that. ATB Antony

A stunner

 By: myles721 : May 19th, 2021-10:30
and super classy…I love Chopard the same way I love Parmigiani…if I weren’t such a devotee to a single brand they would both be on my list.

I Do As Well

 By: ant : May 19th, 2021-15:29
but somehow we are in a minority, they just don't seem to get the love and respect that they merit. The same for early Parmigiani's, I have a platinum black dial Ionica,,,a great and hugely underappreciated watch. Regards Antony

What a nice companion for such an event!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : May 19th, 2021-10:43


 By: ant : May 19th, 2021-15:31


 By: ant : May 19th, 2021-15:31

Beautiful post, my Friend.

 By: MichaelC : May 19th, 2021-12:28
Looked like a fantastic evening. And don't be shy about posting that beautiful watch

After The Lockdown

 By: ant : May 19th, 2021-15:34
hysteria it was a massive pleasure to be out living almost normally. Kind regards Antony

Still have a ticket for the postponed Stones concert in Minneapolis . . .

 By: Dr No : May 19th, 2021-12:57
. . . and airline credit, too. Can't wait to redeem them! 🎸

It is a very

 By: ant : May 19th, 2021-15:52
special watch, I owe deep thanks and gratitude to KFS for being able to get one. ATB Antony

That’s awesome we have 4 of the 25 in this forum!

 By: Clueless_Collector : May 19th, 2021-16:46
Congratulations 🎉

How many do you think we'll end up with?

 By: ant : May 19th, 2021-20:13
I'm guessing 8-10!

7 or 8... Yes.

 By: amanico : May 19th, 2021-22:06