Last edited by Curalach; 02-04-12 at 14:08. Reason: Remembering Saturday's concert!
Unfortunately young (& not so young) people don't use handkerchiefs these days (heaven knows what doting aunts do for Christmas presents - although probably most doting aunts are of an age that is unaware of handkerchiefs & the miriad uses they have )
At the Wigmore Hall they have a more-or-less sustained campaign against coughing. They do sometimes lecture the audience before a concert but the results are good, coughing is minimal (a miracle given the average age of the audience) and suitably stifled when it happens. The LSO note on the matter in the programme is very recessive. I do think they need to think about the problem.
“Every piece of music is a rehearsal of one’s life,” - Sir Colin Davis
What's nice about the Wigmore Hall announcement is that it is done with good humour and doesn't come across as a lecture.
Meanwhile, back to Bychkov (or should that be cough?), the Guardian wasn't terribly impressed - http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012...bychkov-review, although they did give it 3 stars. As it's almost unheard of for anything to get the full five three must count as not at all bad.
A chacun son gout - was I even at the same performance? While it may not have stormed the heavens, "uninvolving" is not a word I would use. Critics, doncha just luv 'em.
PS Liked the Bychcough
He's very grudging with the stars in any case - http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/andrewclements