Sunday, May 12, 2013

Dear Mozart: It was fun

A program of all Mozart, yes, at first I was not so excited about the prospect. Now after five rehearsals with French Maestro David Grimal I have been shown the wonders of Mozart. It is so simple that one is deceived that it should be otherwise. Yet, to achieve purity of music it has to be played with utmost dedication to the ideas already clearly defined by Mozart himself. The latter is what requires the work; attention to the details of playing. 

Grimal's playing is pure silk. Not a harsh quality about it, which is expected of a French musician, but rarely heard in such smooth and seamless way as he can present the music. I went to the iTunes store in search of his recordings and was greeted by an album of Debussy and Ravel. He is well worth the effort of looking up, but I could be a little biased now that I have had the working opportunity with him. Not one one one but at least I have taken in some 10 hours worth of absolutely fantastic lessons is music making. 

Here we are during intermission just after we played Concerto No. 4 in G. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dear Mozart

Taipei Chamber Orchestra is giving a concert this Friday evening. I am also playing in the orchestra. We are lucky enough to be joined by a very good French violinist named David Grimal. The choice of music is quite a cross section of Mozart's chamber music. The Divertimento in F for strings is first, followed by the violin concerto in G, and concluding the night is the Sinfonia Concertante in E flat for violin and viola.

All three works represent a fully devoloped composer but give completely different pictures of his creative mastery. I am quite simply very satisfied playing an all Mozart program. Much more happy doing so than I ever thouht possible. Perhaps because I don't play melody save a few bars here and there scattered about each score. Well, if you want some good listening then look these works up.