His­tory just keeps on re­peat­ing it­self…

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BBC Music Magazine - - The Full Score -

A Bri­tish pi­anist has made it into the Guin­ness World Records for play­ing a pi­ano in con­cert at the high­est ever al­ti­tude. Evelina De Lain’s Chopin recital took place at 4,946m on the Sin­gela Pass in the Hi­malayas late last year, and has now been for­mally recog­nised as the lofti­est of all time. A fine achievemen­t, and one which adds De Lain to a list of no­table mu­si­cians to have per­formed in ex­treme places…

Leif Ove And­snes also has a head for heights. In 2007, while mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary for Nor­we­gian TV, the pi­anist played Grieg’s Bal­lade on a con­cert grand perched on the edge of a moun­tain in the Han­dan­ger Range. And­snes and his in­stru­ment were flown to the spot by he­li­copter, pro­vid­ing some spec­tac­u­lar, if ver­tigo-in­duc­ing, shots. Less hair­rais­ing, but just as scenic, was the ‘Wald­konz­ert’ given by Kha­tia Bu­ni­atishvili in 2013. In this in­stance, the Ge­or­gian’s Stein­way was trans­ported to the mid­dle of a for­est in north­ern Ger­many, where she played Bach, De­bussy and oth­ers. If

James Macmil­lan was hop­ing for lo­cals to pitch up to his pi­ano per­for­mance to pro­mote a new Decca record­ing in 2016, he will have been dis­ap­pointed – the gig took place on the Scot­tish is­land of St Kilda, de­serted since 1930 and over 40 miles by sea from the near­est in­hab­ited land. Even more re­mote was Lu­dovico Ein­audi’s recital that same year. To high­light the ef­fects of global warm­ing, the pi­anist and com­poser played his Stein­way on an ice­berg in the Arc­tic. Dra­matic, if sober­ing.

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