Saturday, January 24, 2009

Grieg's piano concerto

Time for a bit of comic relief. Comedy and classical music usually do not mix that well, if we except the sketches of Victor Borge. But I have a soft spot in my heart for this sketch by one of Britain's funniest combinations of the seventies, Morecambe and Wise. Helped by a brilliantly deadpan guest performance of director Andre Preview Previn, they give a rendering of Grieg's piano concerto that defies description. "I'm playing all the right notes—but not necessarily in the right order." - simply brilliant.