Dudley Moore won over his Carnegie Hall audience with a classical piano performance that proved he has serious talent.
Then came the encores.With the stage to himself Saturday night, Moore seemed more like the irreverent playboy of his "Arthur" movies than the Oxford-trained musician who mastered Grieg and Beethoven.
He pounded out a P.D.Q. Bach routine, played what he said was Chopin's "Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor" while singing "Daisy Bell" and delivered a lost "Schubert" composition titled "Die Flabbergast."
And he turned the theme from "The Bridge on the River Kwai" into a classical sonata with numerous codas, climaxes and apparent endings followed by even more codas and climaxes.
The evening's program was a benefit for Music For All Seasons, which provides music at hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and schools.