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His cello is a 1701 Gollriler. I watched and listened as he calmly stroked
the bow from heel to tip across the strings, marvelling at the elegance
and purity and wondering why it took so little effort to produce such a
distinctive singing tone. Then consider he had so little time to prepare
the Kodály, a thirty minute marathon of a work, teaming with technical
and musical difficulties. 'I had neither studied nor played the music
previously; it became a discovery and a real challenge.' It sounded
marvellous, but afterwards, did he want to make changes and improvements?
'I re-live the music I play, always, but if I approached the Kodály
six weeks later, it would probably end up sounding completely different.'
Performing the Rachmaninov Sonata with Ducros was a natural -- they know
each other's playing so well. When he came suddenly to play it with
Thibaudet, they had a run through, then a general rehearsal. 'After
a few seconds, bells began to ring in my mind. He is such a spontaneous
artist and you have to respond immediately to what each of us wants to find
in the work. We had both played it a lot.'
Concertos figure in subsequent concert work. 'The Dvorák,
Saint-Saëns, Schumann and both Haydns. Tchaikovsky's Rococo
Variations. Then there is Brahms' Double Concerto with my brother, a
violinist, and the Saint Cecilia Orchestra with Myung Wa Chung conducting.
I have also performed in Beethoven's Triple Concerto.'
Copyright © 18 April 2002
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
BILL NEWMAN AT THE 2001 SPOLETO FESTIVAL
BILL NEWMAN AT THE 2000 BERLIN FESTIVAL
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