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Maria João Pires faces the music as she realises she has prepared the wrong concerto

By Michael Vincent on March 5, 2014

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I was recently sent a link to an extraordinary video posted by the Telegraph’s Stephen Hough, of renowned pianist, Maria João Pires performing with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under the baton of conductor Riccardo Chailly.

Like any professional pianist, Maria João Pires came well-prepared for the open-rehearsal concert with a Mozart concerto. But as the orchestra begins the first few notes of Mozart’s concerto – No. 20 in D minor, K466, panic streaks across her face as she realizes that it is not the concerto she was prepared to perform.

As she starts to realize what has happened,  she weights her options: flight or fight.

See what she does here:

 

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Michael Vincent has worked as a senior editor for La Scena Musicale and web editor for Norman Lebrecht. On January 21, 2014, he went to lunch and left as the publisher of Musical Toronto. Later that year he found himself as a freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star, the former employer of his favourite author Ernest Hemingway. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent has worked as a senior editor for La Scena Musicale and web editor for Norman Lebrecht. On January 21, 2014, he went to lunch and left as the publisher of Musical Toronto. Later that year he found himself as a freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star, the former employer of his favourite author Ernest Hemingway. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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