Monday, 16 July 2012

La neuvième symphonie de Beethoven n'a pas résonné

Friday, 13 July, approximately 9:30 pm (21:30) at the palace. Hadn't it been for the leaves on the trees, you'd have thought it was November. With a friend I was going to attend an open-air concert in the palace gardens: Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th symphony. It promised to be a fantastic interpretation by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the choirs of the Orchestre de Paris and the Frankfurter Singakademie, as well as soloists that I would have loved to listen to (Waltraud Meier, Peter Seiffert...) conducted by Daniel Baremboim. Though the weather forecast was terrible, we hoped all day that it wouldn't pour in the evening. It did. The concert was cancelled at the last minute and the disappointed crowd is leaving.

Vendredi 13 juillet, vers 21 h 30 au château. N'étaient-ce les feuilles aux arbres, on se serait crus en novembre. Avec une amie, j'allais voir et écouter la 9ème symphonie de Ludwig van Beethoven dans les jardins du château. Cela promettait d'être une interprétation magistrale avec le West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, les chœurs de l'Orchestre de Paris et de la Singakademie de Francfort, ainsi que des solistes que j'aurais adoré entendre (Waltraud Meier, Peter Seiffert...) dirigés par Daniel Baremboim. Malgré les prévisions météo atroces, nous avons espéré toute la journée qu'il ne tomberait pas des trombes d'eau. Pourtant, elles se sont abattues comme prévu et le concert a été annulé à la dernière minute, les gens s'en vont, déçus.

25 comments:

VP said...

What a sad story: the July monsoon in the Île-de-France...

Robert Geiss said...

Liest sich fast wie ein Film.

Über 40°C hier. Vereinzelte Fälle von Nil-Fieber. Eine gute neue Woche dir.

Lowell said...

I remember walking through that passageway. I'm so sorry the concert was cancelled. What a wonderful group had assembled to perform. Perhaps it will be rescheduled in the future?

Re your comment on Ocala DP: That's exactly what I figured you would say! :-))

Sylvia K said...

That is SO disappointing!! People in WA have gotten very leery of scheduling outdoor concerts and more likely than not, if they do, it gets rained out. Hope you get another chance to hear them.

Scott said...

Love all the umbrellas. How cool.

Jack said...

What a shame. It seems that you have been having terrible weather this summer. Sorry.

Michelle said...

Sad to hear. I would have been very disappointed.

LONDONLULU said...

The photo is lovely, but I would have been so disappointed - what amazing performers! Because of summer storms, alternate "rain dates" or venues or sometimes scheduled, but only sometimes.

Randy said...

Wonderful shot. Sorry to hear about the concert. The same thing happened to us last Wednesday.

Bob Crowe said...

The color and tone of this very good photo is full of disappointment. O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Sorry for your disappointment. Will the rain never end?

Olivier said...

Quelle idee aussi de proposer un concert en exterieur un 13 Juillet, on sait bien qu'il pleut toujours en automne....Autour d'Evry , beaucoup de villes ont annules leur feu d'artifice et leur bal....mais pas dans un petit village de courageux gaulois :o))
J'espere que le concert n'est que remis et que tu pourras en profiter une autre fois

Thirtytwo degrees said...

All the umbrellas prove that most were ready for the rain when it fell. It is a shame to have ruined your plans for an evening concert. (weddings?) We have been fortunate to have rain this past week...but not enough to suit me yet. We need it so much. Hope that you will still get to hear a wonderful concert featuring Beethoven sometime soon.

cieldequimper said...

@ Oakland DP: well, naturally, it did end. The next day was sort of okay and today is sunny (for the first time in what seems like weeks!)

Cezar and Léia said...

It's a pity the concert was canceled.
:(
I'm fed up about this rainy weather.
Léia

*** sunny morning today but with temperature about 9C.

Bergson said...

vivement la fin de la toussaint

les annulations tombent comme l'eau

Malyss said...

Trop les boules! ceci dit, tu as pris une tres jolie photo. Et re-ceci dit, c'est vrai qu'on se croirait en automne.. C'est dur à imaginer vu d'ici, vraiment.

brattcat said...

i'm so sorry!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh that's too bad Ciel, all that organization for nothing! Mother nature is a pain in the ....! sometimes oui! Still, small consolation but you did get a great image out of it!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

You have had such terrible weather this Summer, I hope it changes soon! The sea of umbrella's is very interesting, I like them a lot.

Dina said...

Bummer

Loree said...

Oh no, that's awful :( Hopefully there will be a next time.

Rob and Mandy said...

J' imagine que Haendel aurait ete plus approprie.

cieldequimper said...

@ Rob and Mandy: c'est le moins que l'on puisse dire ! :-)

JM said...

Ohhh... I'm so sorry! What a disappointement.

It's almost 40º here, too hot for my taste, actually. I enjoyed it when I was... younger! :-)