Like popping endless bottles of Bollinger and tins of crème fraîche & Beluga spooned with mother of pearl antique spoons onto buttery blinis, the New Year in Milan traditionally brings Concerto di Capodanno, where on December 31st, OC annually rings in the approaching year with a live performance of Beethoven's Ninth. OC's already strapped-on 5 pairs of towering stilettos (at times, in snow) yearly to celebrate at Milan's Auditorium di Milan with her homebeezy Ludwig Van. This year being no exception, OC found herself in Auditorium's plush velvet seats for Wayne Marshall's sold-out Beethoven Ninth, Gucci black platform suede wedges, Alexander Wang black satin mini-dress, J Brand The Deal leggings, vintage '80s Tiffany & Co. bracelets from OC's mom & her favorite vintage Cartier, and a black Burberry trench all kept OC toasty in the cold mist that blanketed the city last night.
Oc's heard it all, every year an almost predictable reading of Beethoven's cultish 9th: 2005 brought us Herbie Blomstedt's adept & solid performance; in 2006 we heard Leonard Slatkin's sloppy mess; in 2007 the American maestro returned for a more careful read; and last year we heard Leopold Hager (filling-in last minute for an ill Vladimir Fedoseev), who dazzled us with Beethoven's Fantasia in C minor but fell short with the Ninth.
This year, British maestro Wayne Marshall took control of Orchestra Sinfonica and Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and although we can't say it was particularly good, it was a fresh & witty & superfast reading of Beethoven's powerful symphony.
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