- What’s On
An inspired idea for Istanbul’s very very quiet season: a month-long series baroque music recitals on the ‘Fıstıklı’ (umbrella pine) terrace of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum high above Emirgan. It began with music from the Ottoman court performed by the Izmir Baroque ensemble on August 5. At least 400 people crowded the terrace on August 6 for Globus Music Moscow, an ensemble whose viola da gamba and the soprano were quite sublime. The Thomas Gabriel Trio follows on the 21st with a programme of Bach and jazz, the Ensemble Musica Minore on the 22nd, a piano recital by Konstantin Lifschitz on the 23rd, Hortus Musicus on the 27th, Pergolesi Stabat Mater on September 3, and finally the Baroque Moscow Ensemble on September 5. It is all pretty laid back, with people drifting all over the place taking photos, and amplification which is unavoidable given the competition from the brain-dead motorcyclists on the coast road below. But the quality of musicianship soon makes you forget such irritations. Get low numbered seats to be near the view, and splash out on the top priced tickets to be close to the musicians, or as little as possible to sit on cushions in the garden. Tickets for all events from Biletix.
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