Last month Opera Chic had the privilege to be at la Scala for Alfred Brendel's concert, part of his last tour.
Last night @ the Musikverein in Vienna, Brendel gave his very last performance in front of half the Austrian government (the only question is, what did the other half have to do better than that?); and how cool that 77-year-old maestro chose the "Jeunehomme" for the night's program. It's my party, he seemed to say, I'll play what I like. I'll play what moves me because this is my night. Which is incredibly touching and incredibly cool, OC thinks.
Guardian editor and Brendel fanboi Alan Rusbridger was there to report.
And the very end of the night, a surprise:
A torch has been passed to a new generation of musicians -- the ringtone programmers.
(Much more Brendel stuff at Fred Child's Fredlines, with music files and YouTube)