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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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Allegro on the Elbe – 6 Dresden

 

Dresden is the capital of Saxony and it is built on both sides of the Elbe. In 1945, it was a town of no strategic importance, full of historic buildings from the XV century onwards. Inexplicably, the Allies flattened the city  with mass bombing raids, destroyed its historic centre, and killed 35,000 of its inhabitants.

Remarkably, while it was part of the GDR,  master stone-masons and artisans of all trades were recruited to rebuild the town in its original form. I hope the following photographs will give some idea of their success. Note that the blackened portions of the buildings and statuary are the serviceable remains of the bombed-out structures which the restorers were able to incorporate in their work.

We drew into the dock in the centre of Dresden at nighttime.

Click on the pictures for detail:

Dresden at night . . . .

Dresden at night . . . .

 

. . . . .. .View from the top deck.

. . . . .. .View from the top deck.

 

Morning  view . . . .

Morning view . . . .

 

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 . . note the wall-length frieze on the left

. . note the wall-length frieze on the left

 

. . . . .detail . . . .

. . . . .detail . . . .

 

 . . . .detail . . . .

. . . .detail . . . .

 

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. . . . . detail , . . . .

 

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Massively carved portico . . .

 

 . . . to think that these have been created by  modern craftsmen within the last 50 years!

. . . to think that these buildings have been created by modern craftsmen within the last 50 years!

 

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There is fine statuary in every niche . . . .

There is fine statuary in every niche . . . .

 

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 . . .and bronzes everywhere . . .

. . .and bronzes everywhere . . .

 

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Inner courtyard of the restored Palace

Inner courtyard of the restored Palace

 

 . . . crowded!

. . . crowded!

 

Heroic style

Heroic style

 

Courtyard

Courtyard

 

Medieval style

Medieval style

 

Romantic style.

Romantic style.

 

. . . . . and so, on to Bad Schandau and Swiss Saxony . . . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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