|Russian-born pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy still full of energy|
|Soprano Camilla Tilling sang songs by Strauss|
But Ashkenazy, ever mindful of time, cut to the chase with a rousing end. He was very particular about his conducting instructions and they resulted in a range of volumes, textures and colours in the piece. By the end the audience was eating out of his hand even though he didn't get caught up in all the admiration; he's not jaded, but rather wants to go back to his hotel and rest!