ECO Music Cruise – the half way point…

Hard to believe we are already half way through our Music Cruise!
Our few hours of windy weather are already forgotten and we are sailing out of Messina harbour with a calm sea and sunny sky.

Joshua Bell and Maria Meerovitch both arrived safely, and Maria and Sergei Nakariakov have just played a breathtaking recital of music for trumpet / fluegelhorn and piano. Joshua is currently rehearsing a Saint-Saens piano trio with Steven Isserlis and Ana-Maria Vera.

We enjoyed three concerts yesterday: Claire Jones gave a lovely harp recital of music spanning four centuries, and the ECO played two short concerts in order to fit in that which had been postponed the previous day. A highlight for me was Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings (Benjamin Hulett and John Thurgood were both magnificent)whilst Steven Isserlis gave great performances of a CPE Bach Cello Concerto and two Hebrew melodies by Ravel, and Sergei Nakariakov convinced many of us that Mendelssohn’s youthful d minor Violin Concerto is much better suited to the trumpet! And the Orchestra shone in the Elgar Serenade, Bartok Rumanian Dances and Haydn Trauer Symphony.


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