Sunday, 24 August 2014

The last shall be first

Our Japanese student was late returning from Bath, so we almost missed the start of last night's recital at Syde Tithe Barn. Such is now the reputation of the Carduccis that the only seats free were on the large sofa at the Barn's East end: no complaints from us, however, as they were the most comfortable in the house, and with plenty of leg room.

Three pieces were listed, two of which I had never before heard - works by Turina and Puccini, both enjoyable. I found the familiar D Minor Mozart quartet less so, however. Perhaps it was Matthew's in this instance a little unnecessary introduction, with its attempt to provide a programme for the work. Res ipsa loquitur where Mozart is concerned.

Coming away, and creeping down the side of Syde church, I looked up at the 14th Century saddle-backed West tower, a steep staircase leading to the ringing chamber. The photograph does little justice to the exquisite evening light.

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