After last year's month-long Vienna: City of Dreams festival, I seriously considered sitting out this weekend's appearance by the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, where they've visited almost every year since the 1950's. I mean, isn't there such a thing as too much of a good thing, especially when this year's program consists of Brahms' four symphonies and the German Requiem? (yawn.)
No. Because it's Vienna. Because it's Vienna playing Brahms. Because these concerts are led by the extraordinary Daniele Gatti, soon to be the Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Like Keats once said: "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." Go, especially if you've never been.
Tickets still available for all three concerts, available at the box office and online.