A pushy father once presented his violin-playing kid to Jascha Heifetz boasting, ‘he’s so good, he knows the Beethoven concerto backwards.’
Heifetz glared at the kid. ‘So play backwards,’ he growled.
The Chiara String Quartet are making a thing in the NY Times and elsewhere about having recorded the six Bartok quartets from memory, without looking at a score.
Next time they come round, maybe let’s not look at the stage.