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The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet 8pm - 10pm
28 June 2016, 15:10
A young Midori handles extraordinary misfortune with the coolest head possible.
At the age of 14, violinist Midori virtuosically smashes out Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium. And it was conducted by the composer himself (no pressure).
Add to that a devastating sequence - not one, but two strings breaking in quick succession.
During a particularly vigorous passage, she breaks her E string. She immediately swaps her own three-quarter-sized violin for the concertmaster’s full-sized instrument. When the E string snaps again, the cool head stays as she swaps the instrument for the associate concertmaster’s violin.
And not one note was lost. What an absolute pro.