Staatskapelle Dresden’s clean, tart Eastern European sound complement Maurizio Pollini’s skillful playing in a recent adaptation of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor. The first movement is above.
Some of the media has painted the recent crisis in Greece, and in all of Europe in general, as an apocalyptic end-of-the world situation. Though the economic troubles there are terrible, on a recent trip to Europe, I didn’t find anything suggesting that Europe is on its way out. People filled the streets, shops were crowded; hard times or not, the people of Europe continued their lives. There were very few beggars; very few signs of an imminent apocalypse. I sincerely hope that soon, every single European will be able to enjoy life as they did before 2008.