Classical concert of the week: 200 Motels, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1


"Filth for filth's sake," fulminated the Royal Albert Hall in 1971, when cancelling its sold-out premiere at just three days' notice. "Have I got to listen to this?" bleated the judge when the song "Penis Dimension" was played in court during the subsequent breach-of-contract suit, and his pro-RAH verdict was as good as delivered.

Now, Frank Zappa's soundtrack to the Mothers of Invention's crazed cult movie 200 Motels is receiving a belated UK premiere c/o the Southbank Centre's The Rest Is Noise series, and today's audiences can enjoy the filth for its own and the music's sake. Jurjen Hempel conducts.

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