The last 24 hours have seen two demonstrations here in Buenos Aires of very different kinds.
Yesterday evening there was a demonstration, an outpouring of enthusiastic appreciation, directed at Martha Argerich after her performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto number 2, as his first concerto is called! And stunning it was too, and the audience let her have it, and would not let her go, and she came back again and again and they still wouldn't stop! She is, as they say here, a "monster". Altogether extraordinary music making on top of her astonishing technical perfection. And Daniel Barenboim accompanied her with the WEDO with affection of course. These two Argentine artists are very special, and to see them together at the Colón was a privilege.
This afternoon on my way to another audition at the Colón I encountered another demo - this one in support of demands for devolution. I don't think that it will come to this is Scotland.....but you never can tell!
Anyway this one was peaceful and colourful, and somewhat noisy.
I am now off on a pilgrimage to Jutta Ohlsson's favourite restaurant, Edelweiss, where I had so many wonderful lunches and dinners with her and colleagues over the years. This evening we will remember her and toast her - we will shed a tear and we will dine well, as she always did, with gusto and laughter.