As readers know, I love a good piano concerto, engagingly played…or, if not that, a really funny one like this from my colleague KR:
For this week’s interlude I’ve picked one of Monty Python’s most side-splitting classics (in both senses of the word): Sviatoslav Richter playing that old war-horse, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Putting Richter on the marquee is particularly inspired, because Richter was famous for his belief that the audience should focus on the composition, not the performance; in later life he preferred to play at short notice in small, dark concert halls, with only a small lamp lighting the score. Richter claimed that this setting helped the audience focus on the music, rather than on extraneous and irrelevant matters such as the performer’s grimaces and gestures. What would he have thought of this?