Gustav Leonhardt’s last concert

Gustav Leonhardt gave what he has said was his last concert last Monday evening at the Théâtre du Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

All seats were taken, and some people sat on cushions on the floor in this ideal space (it has no platform for performers). This was a harpsichord recital, with pieces by Christian Ritter, Henry Purcell, Johann Pachelbel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Böhm, Jean-Henry d’Anglebert, and Jacques Duphly. For an encore Leonhardt played one of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Among the engagements that he has had to cancel is the concert planned at St John’s Downshire Hill for 28 April. In due course we will announce a replacement event for this date. (Photograph by Robin Kinross)