Dear readers, I wish you and yours a festive San Silvestro and the very best of everything in 2012: health, wealth, love, success, serenity, and your heart’s dearest desires.
To start off the celebrations, Roberto Alagna and Tiziana Fabbricini sing the brindisi from La traviata in the 1991 La Scala production by Liliana Cavani, with Riccardo Muti conducting. (And if you don’t mind something tacky but wonderful, listen to this.)
Incidentally, I believe that the brindisi was the bit of music that Stravinsky mentioned in his interview with an avant-garde journalist in Buenos Aires. The encounter as told by Robert Craft:
“Maestro, what is your opinion of La traviata?” Stravinsky looked severely at the interviewer and threw back at him: “Recently I had the pleasure of listening to its delicious waltz and never in my life would I be capable of composing anything to equal that.” The journalist fled.
Posts resume after the New Year’s holiday. Augurissimi!