Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I head this lovely piece this morning on the BBC Radio 3 Breakfast programme. Joshua Bell playing Robert Schumann's Träumerei (Dreaming). It has to be one of my favourite pieces of all time. (FYI, you can access most of BBC Radio 3's programmes via the link in the sidebar and clicking on "Listening Again.")

Oh! I just found this incredible version of the same piece, this time played on piano by Horowitz in Moscow in 1986! Brad and I attended a concert in the same hall in 2006 when we were in Moscow. It gave me shivers to think that Stalin used to sit in the same space for concerts. (I'm sure that used to give performers of the day shivers as well!) I want this played at my funeral. I can't imagine a more peaceful exit.

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