My first quartet concert. I’m nervous as a foal.
I know nothing about Beethoven, have no idea
his first quartet is such a deal for him…
(‘To Be Played with the Utmost Delicacy’, from Beethoven Variations)
You can read my essays on music here.
My choices on Michael Berkeley’s Private Passions, 1998, and Desert Island Discs, 2009, roved around opera and chamber music, but also folksong, Muddy Waters, Cretan songs, and Melina Merkouri singing The Boys from Peiraeus.