The former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, an accomplished pianist, performed the first movement of the Schumann concerto at an Omaha Symphony gala on Friday night. There’s a review here, but sadly no recording.
Since the end of the Bush presidency, Ms Rice will have had more time to practice. Her 2008 Brahms performance for the Queen at Buckingham Palace with members of the LSO sounded under-rehearsed and uncharacteristically hesitant.
Much more propulsive was an Aspen performance of the Dvorak quintet. Harry Truman, aside, no US politician comes close.