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Who’s playing for the Pope tonight?

It’s Riccardo Chailly – seen here after rehearsal with the Pope’s brother, Georg, and a very large prayer book under his arm.

The Gewandhaus Orchestra is somewhere out of shot. You can watch tonight’s concert here.

Or catch them close-up this summer at the BBC Proms.

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  1. Watching right now. Pretty good performance of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2 — with Swiss guards attending on-stage. Considering the venue, God forbid they should perform Mendelssohn’s 5th!


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