This probably says something about work-life balance, or something of this kind, but when I travel on the weekends and I don’t get my opera in, it really does throw the next few days off for me, in all kinds of ways. Fortunately, all I have to do today is submit some grades, get my car’s oil changed, go to the gym and then I’m home free.
I’m listening to one of Haydn’s violin concertos right now (performed by Augustin Hadelich with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra – another Naxos special) and it strikes me that if someone asked me to name my favorite sound, in terms of music, it would probably be the sound of the violin. The human voice – or certain types of classically trained human voice, at least – would be a close second. I’m not sure what would be third or fourth.