Sunday, 12 October 2008

HOT: Alfred Brendel and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall Southbank

The final London concert of Brendel's 60 year career was gorgeous, particularly in the sonorous second movement and the joyous filly gallop of the third movement of Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E Flat. Pity it was sandwiched between two orchestral works - while they were both very enjoyable, I think they lessened the impact of Brendel's farewell and I would have preferred to hear him play the whole concert. Also, I wish people were more conscious of their personal hygiene when out in public - my beautiful experience was greatly marred by the old man sitting next to me who smelt of urine.

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