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December 29   -   Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Must watch: When a concert pianist finds her pedals don’t work

Eliane Rodrigues came on stage in Rotterdam and opened her recital with Chopin, only to find that the pedals on her Steinway were dead. No-one can play Chopin without sustained notes. Eliane called out for help – in Dutch. Nobody backstage seemed to hear. So she sat at the keyboard and started playing non-pedal pieces. Eventually, stage crew came to take the piano away. Eliane carried on playing, even as it disappeared below stage. She was not giving up without a fight. You have to see this performer.

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