Interesting read, very well written article. That would be the end of the long weekend for me. ||| |||
Posted on 26 Jan 2019, 8:02 AM
Of course, a lot depends upon the specific performance, since the same composition can be played enthusiastically or sedately. Since I like lively and loathe lethargy, the risk of not knowing a given performance's energy level keeps me from buying more recordings - let alone paying the big bucks to see and hear the music played in person. I really wish the CD/DVD cover art, Youtube pages, and live performance ads included info on the energetic quality of the performances.

One of my favorite recordings is of Bach's Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and Orchestra , played by Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic and conducted by Zubin Mehta. Even the 2nd ("slow") movement has so much beauty and expressive interest that it concludes almost too soon.
Posted on 13 Feb 2019, 9:19 AM