h/t: Joe Goetz
And yes. . . . it’s STILL FUNNY!!!!!!!!
I would give anything to know whether Richter ever saw this, and what he thought. I believe he had a great sense of humor….
Hey! …but what about the first four minutes of this sketch you’ve missed out – The Life of Tschaikowsky? It’s on YouTube with Italan subtitles, which somehow makes it event funnier…!
More funny and dramatic is a story involving this concerto which really happened many years ago in Cairo: the pianist had a delayed flight and rushed onto the open air podium where the Cairo Philharmonic had been waiting patiently, like the crowd in the square. The conductor, whose patience had run-out, immediately began the pompous introduction the moment he spotted the pianist, who only could hurriedly take his seat at the piano (which had a closed keyboard lid) a few seconds before his entrance, and on opening the lid he found that the keyboard had been removed.
Still laughing from this clip. Thank you!
Or the conductor who started intro of concerto not realizing soloist had not yet come out
on stage …. much laughter as the soloist made his way to piano … they started over
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