[clip with thanks to jovi1715]
What a year we are leaving behind, and what are we moving into?
To me, fear moved closer in a year marked by the loss of fixtures – politics, people, power (im)balances, the possibility of permanent peace.
It has also been a year of appreciating the beauty and the love I was lucky enough to encounter more than ever before. So even with a fearful glance at the tipping scales of international politics, I am able to count a lot of blessings, tossed more sharply into light than I can remember.
With this past week’s losses, I almost went with “Calisto alle stelle” to close out the year, but returned to Handel and von Otter. Ariodante himself may be – as stated aptly by thadieu yesterday – a total dweeb, but if there is one aria about the jubilant and unfailing hope for daylight to return after a dark night, it’s “Dopo notte”. And if there is a voice that can tide you through a few dark years as a guiding star, it is still Anne Sofie von Otter (but on YT alone, there is also Connolly, there is DiDonato, there is Kasarova, there is Hallenberg… and there better be Coote, too).
Into a year of loving fiercely, speaking valiantly and reveling in the music. May it be as happy as can be for all of us, and my we find solace in each other and in the music when 2017 takes downward turns.