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Posted October 1, 2010
I downloaded this from another site and listened to it on my iPod today. Beethoven's Violin Concerto is a tough piece to bring off because of its sunny nature. It's easy for it to seem glib and a little bland without the drama of his more exciting pieces. I was amazed that I reacted so strongly to Ms. Jensen's performance. Just get this. I'm going to purchase the CD as soon as I get my birthday money. The Britten, which I'm not familiar with, is a very interesting and challenging piece and played to a fare-thee-well.
Jarvi and the Bremen orchestra are recorded with some of the finest sound I have ever heard anywhere, bar none. A beautiful recording.
Posted October 1, 2010
I was driving back to the hotel at 9PM. Very tired and very full. Out of sorts from the travel, the food, the time zone shift and a myriad of business issues that filled my head. I turned on the radio and this incredicible concerto was playing. As I drove it drew more and more of my attention. It wasn't the fire of of Pagannini it wasn't the raw touch to my soul of Rachmoninoff or Schotsikovich - - but it gripped me. It was one of the best performances I have heard of any group. The concerto itself is gorgeous. And then the orchestra dropped away and just the violin played - and played - and played. I drove down the highway and cried. Tears tears streaming down my cheeks and my breath caught and choked. This was music. This wwas that moment I wish for and hope for as a musician, as an audience. This was beautiful. This was that god-moment of silence and stillness in my world filled by the sound of violin. Kori wah nan des kah? Kori was satori des. Singular and personal, yes - but the beauty would still be universal and is self evident.
My hotel was close and I sat in my rented VW bug in the parkinglot in this new city in the strange hotel listening to this concerto so wonderfully played. I had to research online the station and used my receipt from the restaurant against the playtimes of their playlist. I will buy this CD and I will cherish the incredible joy in this performance and in this music. The moment I first heard this concerto has passed - but I will listen to this again and again.
I cannot yet rate the sound quality as I heard it on the radio on the speaker of a rented car. What I heard was crisp and expansive.
At performances I hate meeting performers afterwards and that awkward shake of hands where they are not sure what you heard and I'm not sure what to tell about what I would listen: and both being quite inadequate expressions of the rehearsals the practice the memorizations and the exponential arrival at that moment from all the other performaces and studios before. However - I wished I could greet Janine after this performance. I dont know what I would say and I dont care what she would respond - but the resonance her playing rang in my heart must be eveident. Even now writing this I am struck by it and am weeping again.
I never weep for violins - I am an oboeist and countertenor - Im way too haughty to consider weeping for violins! But this - for this I will always cherish the incredible violinist I never met.
If you do not have this it needs be a part of your musical collection. This surpasses the everyday into something I listen to with a little awe, a little jealousy and a lot of overwhelming emotion.
Posted November 15, 2009
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