On vacation this week, skiing/snowshoeing in the Minnesota arrowhead. (Mmm, wild rice/mushroom soup...) And evenings, cozying up to the computer for some musical browsing.
There are plenty of great classical performances on Youtube and elsewhere, but my favorites this week are the more personal, behind-the-scenes views.
Glenn Gould practicing
Here's three minutes well spent. Glenn Gould (according to the poster, from the documentary "The Art of Piano") working on some Bach. Nice editing gives a sense of his surroundings. My favorite moment is when he jumps up from the piano and steps to the window, with the music still clearly churning in his mind. And then he's right back at the keys, working that same passage over...
Itzhak Perlman teaching
Violinist Itzhak Perlman leading a masterclass at the Aspen Music Festival and School, must be from the early 1970s, maybe? First of all, great mutton-chops! And it just tickles me to see him teaching of couple of young teens who turned out okay, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Cho-Liang Lin.
Favorite moments: 2:51 "that's pretty good..." 4:35 The young Cho-Liang (nice leisure suit, Jimmy!) plays a killer staccato run, which gets a priceless reaction from Perlman.
Stokowski gives Dan Rather what-for
Leopold Stokowski (no faux Euro accent!) at age 94, rehearsing Sibelius and at 3:55, giving Dan Rather a talking-to.
On Monday (the 1st) I tuned in a little late, and thought I was listening to bellydance music, the 4/4 rhythm as well as the instrumental texture were just about what one hears in the music for the Turkish dance form.
So I was distinctly surprised when your outtro ID labelled it as 13rh century Spanish. Questions bubbled up: Thirteenth century? Was the tune from Andalucia during the Moorish period? And what about the realisation? How did the arranger conclude that current bellydance texture was appropriate?
Questions aside, it was fascinating and enjoyable.
Salutations, David L
Posted by David Lewiston | March 8, 2008 5:43 AM