Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Night With Vivaldi At The Palau

It's not very often that one would get the chance to see and hear the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Moldavia play Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, as well as some of Pachabel´s masterpieces, inside an impressive Catalan Modernist-style building. That combination is unique and the experience a rare treat. And yet there I was, enjoying the evening, relishing these musical treasures, among them one of my (and wedding) favorite: Pachabel´s Canon in D. All this took place last night, December 6 at Barcelona's modernist gem the Palau de la Música Catalana. The night was magical, the music flowed throughout the Palau and the experience was uniquely enchanting. The audience, many tourists, but mostly Catalans - came elegantly dressed for the occasion, as is common for events at this sophisticated venue. For the second part of the show, violinist Ema Alexeeva impressed the audience in both her technique and elegance; well-deserving of the standing ovation at the end her performance. The Palau de la Música Catalana offers an impressive line-up of events definitely worth checking out during the December month leading up to the New Year. You can get daily guided tours of the Palau if you prefer a daytime visit, but there is really no better experience than catching a live show. Some of the material from last night I'm posting here. Sorry about the the quality of the photo/video as my camera was only an outdated and stubborn Sony Cyber-Shot with limited zoom capabilities from my second floor location. For other Youtube videos of past performances at the Palau click here: Youtube Videos Palau de la Musica Catalana. Salu2!


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