I like to be prepared. Sometimes that comes at the expense of spontaneity, but it provides a great deal of additional experience too. Prior to attending a classical concert or opera, I like to listen to the music beforehand.
This benefits recognizability during the live experience. With a streaming service that is easy to do, and there is plenty of time to listen as a result of working from home. Before my visit to Leipzig, I looked out for the concerts. Especially the performances in the Thomaskirche attracted my attention. That is the place where Bach had been performing for 27 years and where he is buried – at least the remains we think are from the master. Again and again the mystery and the elusive.