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Michel Legrand concert in London

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What an amazing concert this was!  When Michel Legrand shuffled out onto the stage at the beginning he looked every one of his 86 years, but he played the piano with the virtuosity of a genius half his age.  A big screen above the stage showed clips from each of the films featured as the music was played, starting with a lengthy action sequence from Ice Station Zebra, a very bold and unusual way to begin the concert.

 

Legrand either conducted or played the piano for every piece, Paul Bateman ably stepping up to conduct when the composer was tinkling the ivories.  I do not know Michel Legrand's work as well as I should do, Gable and Lombard and Picasso Summer being two such examples from the first half - both were brilliant.  The audience gave him an immediate standing ovation at the end of the concert, prompting him to return to the piano to play Brian's Song as an encore.

 

The Tribute to Steve McQueen at the end was fantastic.  The music he wrote for Le Mans is really too cool for school. 😎

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