jonadkins Posted May 2, 2011 Share Posted May 2, 2011 I attended a recital given by Simon Preston on the Frobenius at Kingston upon Thames. This was the first time I had actually heard SP in the flesh, and wheras I was expecting, and got, wonderful playing, what I was expecting less was a somewhat gallows humour. He played, as one might expect this year, Liszt's Ad nos and some Messiaen. He prefaced this by saying: " I suppose, in a way I should apologise for playing these two composers, as they divide people so much. One either loves it or hates it. The only thing I can say is that the Liszt lasts for half an hour, so those that began by loving it might hate it by the end! Needless to say, given his performance I doubted there would be any who "hated it by the end" but it did make me think of this issue of addressing the audience. Have you heard any classic examples, that were witty, interesting, and enhanced the recital? Any disasters? If you regularly give recitals, do you say anything? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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