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.