This music is a promise. This music will be exciting. For good or for worse? It is up to you to discover that. You will read into this music whatever you like. Perhaps your biggest emotional impression will be the beginning first movement, a joyful and yet solemn violin tune with the other strings providing the dark canvas so that the soloist can shine. Is this day going to warrant your unbound optimism? Perhaps you will rather like the parts of the second movement where the harpist suggests a slowly floating something. Will this day satisfy your romantic longing? Or you will go for the Beethoven-like competition between the soloist and the orchestra in the third movement? Are you in the middle of a struggle and want to break free?
I was in Orlando when I was 8 years old. I visited the Walt Disney World Resort with my family and I had a lot of fun. The steamer. The roller-coaster. Mickey. Peter Pan. A place of joy. No more. Orlando has become a synonym for bloodshed. 49 dead at the “Pulse”. I am not gay and I don’t attach a lot of importance to people’s sexual orientation. I struggle with the question whether homosexual couples should be allowed to adopt children, more out of concern for children’s well-being than for moral reasons. But nothing justifies the violence against dancers in a gay club.
Who was the first woman to take me to a classical concert? My mother was. I must have been 12 or 13 years old when she took me to informal concerts of Luxembourg’s Radiosymphony Orchestra, that became the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg in 1996. And since today we celebrate Mother’s Day in Luxembourg, I would like to pay tribute to my mother. Merci, Mama! Thank you, mom, for encouraging me to pursue my interest in classical music! I owe you many things and I have been an ungrateful child.
Shaken by Reimann? So am I. Longing for something with beautiful melodies? Here we go. When it comes to beautiful melodies, there is no one like Tchaikovsky. And where are we going to find the most charming of all beautiful melodies that Tchaikovsky has written? Right, in his ballets. I have rhapsodized already about the beauty of “Swan Lake“, but there is another one that you should not miss: “The Sleeping Beauty”, Op. 66.