The German-based pianist Igor Levit made clear his views on European unity by playing Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – which serves as the EU anthem – as his encore on the first night of the Proms.
It was an intentional political statement. Igor also wore an EU pin in his lapel.
— BBC Proms Team (@bbcproms) July 15, 2017
The BBC called the encore ‘unexpected’.