Things overheard in the audience at the Arditti Quartet concert back in April which I wrote down and forgot about until now.

Monday 15 September 2014

“They’re playing the Lachenmann last. I didn’t want to hear the Carter; I need a life.”

[BBC announcer walks on-stage.] “We’re in for some torture first.”

“So apparently she’s this hugely important and revered cultural figure in Lebanon, but when you present her in the opera she just comes across as Widow Twankey. He doesn’t get it. I tried explaining Widow Twankey to him and he thinks she’s a real person.”

“Grisey, darling.”