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Belcea Quartet returns

Belcea Quartet returns

Last spring, London’s Belcea Quartet brought us stupendous performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets on six nearly successive evenings. It was an artistic feat comparable to six successive Olympic medals. (If you missed it and have some passionate financial flexibility, they’re doing it again in Stockholm at the end of this month.) The foursome […]

Quartet in the Couchette

What is the optimum number of people for a dinner party? Some say six, others eight. In Japan, if based on how dishes are sold, the number must be in sets of five. And the optimum number of people for a team trying to get something innovative done? I have had answers that range from […]

Haus of Contrasts

For New Year’s in Vienna it’s Fledermaus on New Year’s Eve and the Blue Danube at midnight, and in the morning, a late champagne breakfast in bed with the Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert on the radio. And then that evening, how fine it is to dress up in one’s best clothes and traipse to the […]

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