Last of the at-home videos

Last of the at-home videos


norman lebrecht

March 30, 2020

It has been a week since the Rotters went viral, nearly 2 million Youtube view, distantly followed by the Trotters and then by many more.

Since then, we have been deluged with innumerable requests to broadcast orchestral players doing their stuff from home.

These are the last.

That’s it, folks.


  • Eric says:

    Why on earth are you saying these the last? We are likely to be locked down for quite some time yet. Surely a spread of this sort of feel-good project is only a good thing amidst all the other depressing items? Are you confident that you are going to have lots of other good news to take their place?

  • Andrew says:

    You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.

    • Peter San Diego says:

      The novelty wears off. The best of humanity remains. I would welcome more videos like these.

      How about Gruppen in a played-from-home video? 😉

      • Bart says:

        Yes, more would be welcome – but on YouTube.
        Not on this site which is for news items about classical music. Now the novelty has worn off this kind of video is no longer news.

  • Player says:

    Norman, I hereby confess that I’m in a puddle of tears after watching and listening to just the first video. As a retired (and somewhat jaded) orchestral musician, I’ve played Nimrod quite a few times and didn’t expect to be so moved.

    Is it because of the heartfelt playing? Is it because of the unfathomable loss of life due to this virus? Is it because music performance in the traditional sense has been wrenched from us? Yet we find a way to connect, nonetheless.

    Thank you to all the musicians who continue to contribute in this way. And thanks, Norman, for bringing us these videos, as well as the many other delightful things you share. Wishing you continued good health from U.S.A.

  • Bart says:

    Good decision!
    It’s been an interesting ten-day phenomenon.

  • christopher storey says:

    If ever there was proof that a band does not need a conductor, it’s given by that Nimrod performance : how anyone could follow that beat ( if indeed there was one ) is a complete mystery