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Concerto Without Orchestra (Worbey And Farrell)

By | Published on Monday 18 August 2014

If Franz Liszt had met a daft friend to collaborate with, instead of bumping into Richard Wagner, these side-splitting, clever arrangements for many-handed pianos could have been the result. Those who remember Victor Borge and Gerard Hoffnung’s musical humour will enjoy this; it’s funny and intelligent – particularly the making of cocktails whilst playing Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’. The inclusion of the performers’ own serious composition interrupted the hilarious mood, however, and the illusion that the orchestra was joining them remotely by live broadcast was not convincing. Their jokes and stage manner were wonderfully witty, with musical slapstick and exaggerated gestures; only the break in the fun stopped this from being a 5 star show.

The Assembly Rooms, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]