An intimate evening ... with 6000 friends
July 23, 2010 8:04 PM Subscribe
posted by woodblock100 (24 comments total)
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The BBC Proms season is underway, and this year also they are running some 'late night Proms', second concerts held after the first concert of the evening is over. A couple of days ago, the Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires (Wikipedia
) took over the cavernous Royal Albert Hall at ten in the evening for an all-Chopin, all-Nocturnes late night recital, attended by nearly 6,000 people. That may sound like a recipe for disaster, but she pulled it off wonderfully; it was an unforgettable experience, and you have until next Wednesday to hear it, on the BBC iPlayer
This is absolutely 'best of the web' - making a performance like this available to the entire world. Her performance is gentle but never saccharin, and the programming - the way she selected and threaded the pieces together to carry us along entranced - was amazingly well thought out.
And the audience also 'performed' perfectly; they had been informed before the concert began that 'not to applaud [between pieces] was acceptable', to try and maintain the intimacy. As it turned out, instead of being confused about what to do at the end of each piece, they knew
exactly when to show their approval, and when to hold back.
(And yes, I know, why post this when the link will be dead in a couple of days? Well, why not? Most FPPosts are 'cooked and eaten up' within that time frame anyway ... Don't complain - just go listen!)