Happy Birthday Mr Goethe with thanks to Mr Schumann The Rothstein Schubertiade
An unforgettable musical evening for Goethe’s birthday (28th August 1749)…………
A Pocket Winter Journey with Georg Klimbacher and Graham Johnson ………Goethe settings by Franz Schubert with Anna Huntley and Georg Klimbacher all expertly guided by Graham Johnson…………..Of course the singing under Graham’s guide was sublime
Anna Huntley and Georg Klimbacher in one of the only two duos written by Schubert offered as an encore after some really superb singing.
The magnificent oboe Juliana Koch from the LSO with Linn Rothstein playing together so beautifully the Three Romances op 94 by Schumann who sneaked in too to say Happy Birthday .
The proposed Arpeggione cried off in the morning so hats off to Julia for showing us how beautiful the oboe can sound in a real artists hands….could it have been her bare feet
that allowed her to feel the vibrations that I am sure Schubert would have envied Linn having prepared an equally beautiful supper for her lucky guests. Guest of honour ,or course, was Anita Lasker Wallfisch at 93 one of the last survivors of Auschwitz and a renowned cellist as is her son Raphael.
At 93 she drove herself home doing a three point turn obviously uplifted by Goethe’s magnificent birthday party