What's the music like in Euro-hit Athens?

What's the music like in Euro-hit Athens?


norman lebrecht

November 27, 2011

A report from Slipped Disc correspondent Jonathan Elvey:

Here in Athens this week we were reminded for the umpteenth time of
the unique ability of music to inspire,nourish and console. You can
imagine how regular culture has all but disappeared here at the
moment, and our lovely concert hall, the Megaron, is dark and empty most
nights. But a couple of weeks ago Peter Wispelwey held our chamber
hall regulars spellbound when he came to play all six of Bach’s cello
suites over two concerts in one evening , and some 80 % of us were
there for the whole thing. Maybe that’s not surprising for a
specialist gig in a small space. But this week, not only was the main
hall think RFH stle and capacity – virtually full two nights running
to see the Concertgebouw with Andris Nelsons play Petrushka – like me,
many of the first-nighters came back the next night to listen all over
again to this wonderful orchestra play music which in the right hands
sounds as fresh as the day it was written. A small reminder of the
better things in life when we are dealing with some fairly tricky ones
most of the time.

Jonathan Elvey