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
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.
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.
Today, 69 years ago…..70,000 men, women and children died instantly, when an atomic bomb was dropped onto Hiroshima city, Japan.
Another 50,000 were similarly killed in Nagasaki city, 400km away, when another bomb was dropped 3 days later.
You don’t think about recording history when you see a view like this, from the Staten Island Ferry on a beautiful winters day in Feb ’78. Of course now, it is rather poignant.
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….
(Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 24mm F2.8, Kodachrome 64, Aug ’78)