This is just a quick note to say that if you've been on the fence about checking out Richard Egarr's version of Beethoven's Fifth at Handel and Haydn tomorrow - go. Just trust me - go. The brilliant Egarr made a brilliant case for Beethoven's Eighth a year or two ago, and so I wasn't surprised that his version of the Fifth was indeed superb; but actually, his renditions of Haydn's "The Clock" and Piano Concerto No. 11 (with himself as soloist) were even more original and arresting. I'll be writing more about this concert later this week, but the upshot is that this is one of the most electrifying classical performances of the season.