Down in the pit with il maestrino inglese:
'You spend too much time talking about music," said Daniel Harding, as he prepared to conduct The Marriage of Figaro at the Salzburg Festival. "Why don't you come and see at first hand how musicians make it work?" Not many music-lovers are granted such a golden opportunity, no matter how long they live. And that is how I found myself this week in the pit at the Haus für Mozart, sitting next to members of the great Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as Harding, the 31-year-old Englishman, took them through Mozart's masterpiece. "Wear something dark," said Danny, "sit behind the violins, and don't applaud."