Yes, it’s that time of year again…when your kitchen is full of wasps and you have more courgettes than you can cope with, and the melancholy feeling that Summer is beginning to slip away before it has really had a chance to get started drifts periodically through your mind. Classic symptoms of a very common malady, that requires prompt treatment.
DIAGNOSIS: Late Summer Blues
PRESCRIPTION: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, from Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem
Although it is a common condition, the Late Summer Blues must nonetheless be treated with a very carefully concocted balance of warmth and pace. The particular movement recommended has just that – harmonic warmth enough to evoke the happy memories of that sunny day in June, but with enough pace to stop it becoming a sentimental cul-de-sac, thus easing the mind’s transition from the light of Summer, to the different kind of warmth that awaits on the horizon.
Let the wasps deal with the courgettes, let Brahms soothe your soul.
DOCTOR’S NOTES: The Klemperer/Schwarzkopf 1962 (EMI) recording is recommended, but see below for a suitable alternative.