Sviatoslav Richter’s Monty Python moment


h/t: Joe Goetz

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  • 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.

  • 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
    The video of this great event has been withdrawn .

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