Ha, it's good to be back. Why would we want to stay at home, reading a good book by the fire sipping on a cup of (spiked) tea, when we can sit at a desk all day staring at a computer screen? Positive thinking is the key! To be fair coming back to work also meant that the concerts would resume and we've been lucky this week, what with the "Neijoersconcert" and yesterday's concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Evgeny Kissin. I mean, you don't get that when you work at, say, a law firm. So here's to the new year and the upcoming concerts!
* Haaa, the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert... Too late to talk about it? Not for New York Times's James R. Oestreich who vividly remembers last year's uproar about the orchestra's history. Historians have been hired to research its Nazi past while musicians have continued to, well, make music, as they should. “How much guilt do you want to distribute to people who came four or five generations later?", said Daniel Barenboim in an interview prior to the concert. "Admitting responsibility is always a good thing, and the Vienna Philharmonic has done that.”
* Lang Lang will perform with Metallica at the Grammys on January 26. It was a shock to some people.
* Speaking of Lang Lang: have you read yesterday's post yet?
* Better late than never: This week the Carnegie Hall published a extract of a workshop with Emmanuel Pahud that took place in... 2012. But the content is still as relevant and interesting.
* Everyone loves a good celebration. However, according to The Spectator's Peter Phillips, "looking through the list of composers who celebrate some sort of anniversary in 2014 is a depressing business." But "once in a blue moon such celebrations can actually change public perception of a composer’s work," he says, so there's still hope: we may rediscover a lost talent. C.P.E. Bach, maybe?
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