Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Daniel Barenboim

My friend listened to Wagner's Ring Cycle conducted at The Proms by Daniel Barenboim, the 70 year old conductor of the Staatskepelle Berlin orchestra. At the end of the performance, Barenboim held his baton up for ten seconds. There were ten seconds of complete silence in the Royal Albert Hall. This was followed by thirty minutes of rapturous applause.


Anonymous Portinari Dormant said...

Rather unfortunately I fell asleep in Act one Scene two of 'Parsifal' having been taken by some German friends to the opera house in Dusseldorf. I was admonished and told that 'it is verboten to fall asleep in Wagner!' (Mit ze Cherman accent du verstest!) Ah well!

10:15 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Greetings Portinari! I haven't yet seen a Wagner opera. Looking forward to our lunch next Friday.

8:33 am  

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