- an older man.
Bordeaux was fortunate enough to have one of the top Chopin pianists in town last week...Yundi Li.
He won the Chopin piano comps in 2000 so really pulls in the Chopin crowd...moi included.
The concert, at Bordeaux's magnificent Grand Theatre ( where the seats were never intended for anglosaxon bottoms!!) was preceeded by an announcement that there would be a slight change to the programme. The second half mazurkas and sonta were to be replaced by The Peking Melodies.
Although I am the first to admit that I was disappointed, I was really horrifed when people started to jeer and whistle.
My greatest concern was for the sensitive pianist backstage.
Imagine coming out on stage to that for a welcome!
The crowd was quickly won over by 5 beautifully interpreted nocturnes etc etc.
This desperate anglo housewife was moved to tears.
On with the second half.
Artist walks on stage and about 50 people start yelling , Chopin, Chopin Chopin...
Ah the well-bred Bordelais!! I was mortified.
He played one Peking Melody and after judging the wrath of the audience flew into a sonata and other Chopin pieces. He maintained his poise and god only knows how.
There were 4 encores but the best bit was after the first encore...Yundi walked back on stage, turned to the audience and said in english, "Chinese folksong"..before playing yet another Peking Melody.I love his audacity and sense of humour...
I doubt whether Yundi Li will be visiting Bordeaux again.
Our loss but definitely not his.