Friday Historical: Meet Rubinstein

I could suggest any number of excuses to sit and watch this wonderful interview with the great Arthur Rubinstein, filmed at his home in Paris when he was 90, for Friday historical…or…no, you just have to see it. Subtitles are in Chinese.

One excuse would be that today I get a bit older… speaking of which, it was very nice of Radu Lupu to agree to perform the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with Tom and his orchestra tonight at the Royal Festival Hall, especially for the occasion ({joke}). Seriously, I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than to listen to such a great, true artist play my favourite piano concerto.

Meanwhile, here is Rubinstein, in two parts.

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"