After the "Elder States_man" had finished his usual pre-performance oration, I settled down to enjoy one of my favourite Russian composers.
Oh dear! Some rather dodgy brass playing in the Prinz Igor overture. Never mind; a much neglected symphony to follow.
But I thought this a lacklustre performance. To me, the orchestra lacked incisiveness. They seemed to be picking their way carefully through the notes. Tired perhaps? Overworked? This was not the Hallé that I have come to know and respect all these years.
I decided to skip the second half but no doubt this thread will expand to include the whole concert and the reaction of others to what was, for me, a big disappointment.