Comments for http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/08/exit_maestro.html http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/08/exit_maestro.html en-gb 30 Thu 18 Sep 2014 14:40:40 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/08/exit_maestro.html Jonno_79 http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/08/exit_maestro.html?page=66#comment2 I can see both sides too. It must be awful to have to play to a crowd of Brits (and I'm British).You can either renounce playing in front of these audiences, keep your musical output to private soirees and wash pots for a living or you can suffer the coughs and clapping and become a world famous, and well paid, pianist.You can't do both. Even if it narks him he shouldn't have shown it and certainly should not have paused mid-movement. These people have paid to hear him. I'm sure he won't complain when the cheque arrives. Tue 26 Aug 2008 10:14:49 GMT+1 jazzer1981 http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/08/exit_maestro.html?page=33#comment1 I empathise with both sides. As a gigging jazz musician, I frequently despair at nattering audiences. It's hard enough being heard over the drummer let alone the punters too.I think there's a balance to be struck, however. Not wanting to generalise, but the classical concerts I've seen have tended to be thoroughly tense and joyless affairs during where you're afraid of moving lest you make the slightest noise. All respect to Mr Brendel's achievements, but perhaps he ought to lighten up in his old age. Mon 25 Aug 2008 16:03:58 GMT+1 Jonno_79 http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2008/08/exit_maestro.html?page=0#comment0 Did he really pause mid-movement? If what you say is true that is appauling. Hardly 'just what the composers intended'. I would have asked for my money back.If that had happened in Germany/Austria there would have been a riot. Mon 25 Aug 2008 12:28:33 GMT+1