Not Enough Midori

April 29, 2010

I don’t underestimate the effort it takes to learn, rehearse and play the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor. It is one of the most difficult violin pieces this side of a Paganini Capricio and a Bach Partita. But in last Saturdays performance the power of Midori’s playing was sandwiched between two other orchestral pieces, and we were treated to only one exemplary exhibition of virtuosity. I was not unhappy, just disappointed that there was not more. And, by the time we got out into the lobby, there were no more tickets for the Perlman jamboree on Tuesday night. The Midori Adori were out in force and clustered around the artist who was kind and brave enough to appear in the lobby to autograph programs and CDs.

Despite my chagrin, the Golden Rectangle of Light and Sound still held me in its spell. And the sight of the timpanist bending once again over his skins to check their tuning during and even after the Tchaikovsky Symphony #5  made me feel almost at home in my $35 seat at the back of the Schnitz. His bending figure reminds me of the immense attention to detail that any orchestral performance demands; at any level worth listening too.

It has been a month of world class violinists. First, Zuckerman, then Midori and Perlman. When will that happen again?

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