Friday, February 21, 2014

Concertgebouw is perfect setting for evening of Mozart

We had an early dinner in a bistro across from the hotel. For starters we shared a really tasty tallegio fondue with cauliflower, asparagus and bread for dipping. It was really delicious. Always ready to try something different I ordered the pigeon. I've had pigeon before and enjoyed it but this was pigeon breast that was quite rare. It was quite tender but I think I enjoyed the parsnip mash that came with it slightly better than the pigeon.  Seamus was a little more conservative with his lentil salad with feta cheese, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds and lettuce. It was very tasty.

After a short walk we arrived at the Concertgebouw, literally the concert building. Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world. We were fortunate to obtain wonderful seats at the side of the hall to hear Mozart's, "Requiem" performed by the Bach choir and Orchestra of the Netherlands under the direction of the flamboyant Dutch conductor, Pieter Jan Leusink. The concert was most enjoyable, the acoustics, perfect.

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