Music: Aged in the Cask

The chamber players sat before a massive-walled old building topped with a stone champagne glass. Through the open doors came the aroma of wine breathing through huge oaken casks. Ducking an occasional low-swooping swallow, the audience settled back near the twisting vines of the Pinot Noir grape for an afternoon of music and champagne. If the wine was only domestic, the music was great or rare: Beethoven, 18th century German Composer Johann Schobert, 76-year-old Italian Composer G. Francesco Malipiero.

The occasion for this idyl was the second concert in a series called Music at the Vineyards, held at the century-old Paul Masson...

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