Here’s a podcast I did recently with the pianist Melvyn Tan, who made his name in the 80s by performing on period instruments such as the fortepiano. For quite some time now he’s reverted to playing mainly on modern instruments – mainly because the early ones are some damn unreliable, apparently – but his specialist knowledge and enthusiasm for historically informed performance is still very much in evidence.
When I said I wanted to talk about the music with him he was initially very diffident, saying ‘oh I’m not sure I have much to say’. Then, after just one prompt, this amazing flow of facts, experience and insights just poured out. I’ve tried to capture some of his wisdom about Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto here: