Last night the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performed two works by Brahms - the Hungarian Dance number one, and the beautiful violin concerto; Andrew and I were there to hear them both. The BSO seemed to have quite a few different players and, to be honest, I didn't think they were as good as usual. But the soloist, Viviane Hagner, was excellent. I confess I'd never heard of Miss Hagner; she's German-born, 34 years old, very slightly built, and played beautifully. She'd stood in at short notice for the advertised soloist, Julian Rachlin, who is unwell.
How's that work, then? A string of musicians waiting for the last-minute call? At any rate, you would never have guessed that Hagner was a substitute; a great evening.