We've decided to make it easy again this Thursday, 13 August, and repeat a screening that we did a couple of years ago: André Rieu with a Viennese show at Schönbrunn Palace outside Vienna. Have seen only a few of his DVDs but find him very watchable, and this has got so much great Strauss music and Strauss-like music that I think it's excusable to allow it to pose as the real thing.
A lot of singing and some very spectacular dancing, partly on a stage in front of the palace and partly in the great gallery whose windows give on to the stage outside - a slightly restrained version of the hall of mirrors at Versailles. Coaches parading through the grounds, a magnificent display of the stately Polonaise in the great gallery. Brilliant lighting as evening falls.
And of course the ever charming and genial André Rieu.
This time no call to unearth and translate words in some foreign language, or to attempt to follow the contortions of opera stories.
No deaths or murders, naughty affairs or broken hearts.
Music is universally regarded as a cure for sadness, tragedy or pandemics. Perhaps a note to Ashley and Jacinda (not to mention Judith C) along these lines might be of some value.