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The enchanted beast


How delighted I was to see S spellbound by Christine Schäfer's arias from Alcina! Alongside Giulio Cesare, Alcina formed the soundtrack to my pregnancy, and a little thrill went through me as I sat cradling S and the Berliner Barock Solisten touched the first notes of the overture.

For those who wonder at risking a tiny baby in a concert, know that the Tuesday lunchtime recitals in the  Philharmonie foyer are free, casual, wonderful, and can even accommodate a bit of discreet nursing in a corner; they're well worth attending for the stellar performances in a low-key setting. (And for what it's worth, S, bless her, let out nary a peep.)


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