Brendel heads piano elite at Lu’s debut

Brendel heads piano elite at Lu’s debut


norman lebrecht

December 10, 2019

Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida and Imogen Cooper stood out in a piano-royalty audience at Eric Lu’s Wigmore Hall debut last night.

Here’s the Leeds winner with its founder, Dame Fanny Waterman, before the show.


  • Andy says:

    Great stuff, there’s something magical about Wigmore Hall.

  • Calvin says:

    Interesting show of interest and respect. It was a detailed comparison of Lu’s 2018 recording of the Rondo in A Minor K. 511 with Uchida’s 1984 recording that helped convince me he was very much the real deal.

  • Esther Cavett says:

    Brendel must be almost 90 now. It’s great to know he’s getting out 😉

  • Ed says:

    “But whether he has lost his way, or whether this was just an off-night for a 21-year-old artist who surely is still maturing, it was hard to say, but this recital of Schumann, Brahms and Chopin turned out to be a disappointing experience”. Andrew Clements (The Guardian).

    • V. Lind says:

      Time probably was when a Leeds winner made his Wigmore debut all the papers would have sent critics. This appears to be the only review. The Guardian also reviewed him last month (Rian Evans, favourably). Suggesting this is just an “off-night.” Also suggesting the Guardian is the only London paper left doing decent classical music coverage.

    • Annette says:

      I do not agree with the review. I thought Eric was fantastic. I was very moved.

  • Alexander Tarak says:

    Three very overrated pianists.