In his DomPost review, Simon Sweetman emphasizes that the world-ranking pops-pianist got an empty hall
French pianist Richard Clayderman sold millions of records by combining easy listening pop melodies and trace-around classical playing, he says (enviously?).
In fact, he has sold so many albums he has been deemed the world's most successful pianist by the never-discerning Guinness World Records. ("Never discerning? Oh dear!)
It's a very small audience to greet Clayderman - embarrassing, in fact. The Michael Fowler Centre hall is almost echoing with the emptiness, just the handful of front rows full, two-thirds of the auditorium offering a silence that should speak louder than any other form of criticism. This concert could have been held in the foyer.
For heaven's sake, the concert (Friday 21 June) was the second night of Wellington's biggest storm since the Wahine disaster. It hit like a freight train at 5 pm on the Thursday, and it was almost impossible to get outside until the Sunday morning.
All of Wellington was cowering under gale-force blasts and torrential rain. And the blue-rinse audience that would have gladly attended this concert was particularly prone to stay at home.
And this reviewer was surprised that the hall was empty?
Methinks he had an axe to grind...