Friday, December 01, 2006

Sticks and Stones

Most overused word in music criticism? My vote goes to "overpedaling". They'd be sunk without it.

This is more like it:

In 1795, Beethoven composed what has come to be known as Rage over a Lost Penny. Paul Lewis looked as though he had found the penny, but had previously lost a pound. He didn’t appear to enjoy himself, and showed little rapport with the audience. For him, this seemed to be ‘just another one for the mortgage’. What a difference it would have made to see him smile, to hear a short introduction to one or two of the pieces, and perhaps an encore at the end. Even the moonlight was a little dim.

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