Watch: Lars Vogt’s last encore

Watch: Lars Vogt’s last encore


norman lebrecht

September 11, 2022

Lars’s festival in Heimbach has uploaded the final piece he played at last summer’s event – a lullaby by Brahms.

Lars died six days ago of cancer, aged 51.


  • Joel Kemelhor says:

    Thoughtful and serene. Thanks for posting this.

  • soavemusica says:

    It is the encore, which defines the musician, a highly personal choice, often seemingly tiny. But, in fine hands, they are huge.

  • Herr Doktor says:

    The sad truth about Lars Vogt is that I believe his best music-making was still ahead of him. And I say this after having heard some extraordinary concerts of his in Boston. Lars Vogt in my opinion is one of those rare artists, cut from the same clothe as Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, etc., who never gave a bad performance that I heard, and who never once dialed it in, even while playing repertory he had played 10,000x previously. So many artists at some point go onto autopilot. In my experiences with him, that had never happened even once.

    RIP Lars. And thanks for the memorable concerts and music-making.

  • Fsm says:

    Thought this performance best captured the true
    essence of this very elegiac Intermezzo, beautiful, Thank you Lars and Brahms

  • christopher storey says:

    Fabulous playing, particularly of the inner voices . Oh , how we shall miss you, Lars

  • Amos says:

    This encore of the Brahms Intermezzo Op 118 #2 from his concert with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra in April of this year is beyond moving. IMO great artistry and humanity.