Concertgebouw – Amsterdam

My first visit to the Royal Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam on 21 May 2019.

The acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

The programme was:

  • M. Weinberg – Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, op. 47/1
  • Prokofjev – Piano Concerto No. 5, op. 55
  • Prokofjev – Vivo from Piano Concerto No. 5, op. 55 (encore)
  • Stravinsky – Firebird

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PARIS in the spring-time

It’s been almost 40 years, and I had forgotten how beautiful is Paris in the spring-time.

In fine spring weather, few cities are as attractive and enjoyable to be in.

The consistency of architectural scale in the city.  Few modern cities in the world have controlled the height of their buildings, like Paris.

Additionally, the visual consistency of the ‘Paris limestone’ used for building construction over the centuries.

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Less is More

Arguably still the most sublimely uncomplicated and beautiful example of modern architecture sits at the foot of Mont Juic in Barcelona city in Catalunya, Spain.

The German Pavilion, constructed for the Barcelona International Exposition of 1929, was designed by German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

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My favorite photos – sometimes you get lucky

Taj Mahal… fixated within the main gateway by the first sight of this wonder, I then found myself surrounded by a throng of Rajasthani gentlemen.  Fortunately I had the presence of mind to squeeze off a shot.

 Later a sudden rainstorm clears the crowds and brought in this wonderful light and backdrop – Royal Tomb of the Taj Mahal, seen from the West pavilion (mosque) with the Yamuna River behind on the left….

Taj side 16

(Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 24mm F2.8, Kodachrome 64, Aug ’78)

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