Yesterday when I was at the Petronas Towers, I noticed that the space between the towers contains the concert hall for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra & I also noticed there was a concert today at 3:00 so I bought a ticket.
They were playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 & Brahms Symphony No 4, just my kind of music, in fact this has always been my favourite concerto. The program notes say that it’s the world’s most popular concerto so Glenn, in his Friday afternoon lectures which happen to be on concertos this term, will probably say it’s rubbish.
Tchaikovsky’s friend Nicolai Rubinstein told him it was “worthless & unplayable” so the world premiere happened in 1875 in Boston, not Russia. Today’s soloist, Gabriela Montero, who’s from Venezuela was brilliant & the young Italian conductor was very flamboyant, conducting with his whole body, not just his arms. It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
I walked to the Petronas Towers which took about 20 minutes & Kuala Lumpur’s largest shopping mall is right next door so I had no trouble keeping myself amused until concert time. I walked home again, between thunder showers & noticed there were police & motorcades everywhere. Probably something to do with the Asean Conference which is on this weekend.