After one finely polished phrase, he stopped us and said admiringly, “Wow! I’ve been waiting all my life to hear it played like that! … Anyway, now I’ve heard it, I don’t like it—can you just play it normally, please?!”
*As a stammerer, I hesitate (sic) to call him Sir Simon Rattle. As in the (real) line from a waggish Radio 3 announcer:
That was Sir Simon Rattle conducting Brahms’s 4th symphony. Next week’s guest conductor is M-M-Mark Elder.