I've been an admirer of John Lill's playing since as a student I bought his recordings of the Beethoven piano sonatas on cassette. I've seen him play live once or twice, though not for some years, but he's currently on his 70th. birthday tour and was performing here in Edinburgh at the Usher Hall* last night, so I couldn't miss the chance to go and see him again.
He was playing Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with the RSNO, and his enormous power - very focused, very direct, intense, and supremely eloquent - was quite electrifying.
Glasgow people, I think there are still tickets left for the Royal Concert Hall and the same programme tonight (Saturday), so snap them up if you can. Anyone else who's interested, you might like to hear John Lill's Desert Island Discs recorded a few years ago.
*The painting of the Hall is by Stanley Cursiter.
Edited to add: I haven't found a review of Friday's concert, but here is one of Saturday's, and, as you'll see, its writer shares my enthusiasm.