It's every musician's worst nightmare: You sit down to perform a Mozart concerto in front of a live audience at a prestigious concert hall, when, all of a sudden, the orchestra starts playing the wrong concerto.
During a lunch concert at Amsterdam's famed Royal Concertgebouw, Pires sat down at her piano fully expecting to hear one Mozart concerto, but the orchestra suddenly started to play a different one: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466.
"I haven't got this here, it is at home," Pires can be heard telling Chailly, who continues wildly waving his baton while trying to calm her down.
"You played it last season, you know it so well," he responds.
And, sure enough, after gathering her thoughts for a moment and reaching way back into the recesses of the mind, Pires pulls out a haunting rendition of the concerto Chailly aptly describes as evoking a "feeling of nowhere, loneliness, [and] despair."