Things have been a bit quiet on here and on the YouTube channel for the past couple of weeks, because I’ve been having a holiday/vacation in Germany. So apologies to everyone who posted a comment in that time and didn’t see it published right away!
We were over in the east of the country, and heard some great music – including Daniel Barenboim conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in Mozart’s symphonies 39,40 and 41 and a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the Kreuzkirche in Dresden on Maundy Thursday.
One thing that really strikes me every time I visit Germany is the incredible high quality of busking you hear on the streets. After Dresden we headed to Leipzig – which has several world-famous music schools – and heard some phenomenal music making right in the open in the centre of town: brass ensembles playing jazz standards, several string quartets and probably the best accordionist I’ve ever heard. No piano stuff this time, but it was all fabulous all the same.
If you ever do find yourself in Leipzig, by the way, do check out the Bach Museum. Even if you don’t like or listen to any musician earlier than Lenny Kravitz, it’s fantastic for adults and kids alike: loads of interactivity and fun, just how a modern museum should be.