I’m very sorry about all of this . . . a combination of an absolutely astonishing chamber music festival, which had me run off my feet from 9.00 till 10.30 (if not later) for five days and my computer monitor at home which blew up have kept me from blogging about War and Peace. Actually, have kept me from reading it for that matter.
Anyway, I’m working on fixing that, so starting tomorrow, I’ll be back. It may take me a week or two to catch up – so forgive the lag. But there’s no more music festivals in my life between now and June 30 next year, so we should all be good.
While I’m on the Festival, can I just do a brief rave? Sitting through five days of chamber music is an ordeal. There were some parts in the middle where I had to really work hard.
But, ultimately, it was an exhilarating experience. I won’t go on and on about it, but I’ll just say that the Jerusalem Quartet have got to be one of the world’s greatest string quartets – they’re going to be in Melbourne tomorrow night, Ian, by the way.
But the true rock stars of the chamber music world, with an astonishing ability to delight all ages, is the one and only Eggner Trio of Austria. They were out here for five weeks – but they could move here and we’d all love it . . . can’t wait till they come back.
Okay, back with Tolstoy tomorrow.