You may have noticed today that there is a new tab in the menu bar above the header image above. It’s called ‘Events Calendar’ (yes, very original, I know) and it is where I’ll be adding music events that have caught my attention for one reason or another. Most likely there are friends of mine involved, or the repertoire is music that I really love, or maybe both! Either way, please check it out as I’ll be updating it as frequently as I can. And if you have an event that you think I should check out, just shoot it off to me at nobleviola [at] gmail [dot] com and if I am especially intrigued by what you send, I’ll post it to the page.
I grew up in a household that loved classical music. My father was stationed in Germany in the early 70’s (went through Checkpoint Charlie dozens of times, I’m told), and collected quite a few records while there. Some of them remain my favorites to this day. Karajan’s 100th Anniversary recording of Beethoven’s Ninth, for example, or the Schubert and Schumann song cycles rendered by Dietrich Fischer Dieskau and Fritz Wunderlich. Wunderlich’s Dichterliebe still melts my heart to this day. Anyway, among those records was his 1958 debut recording of Tchaikovsky’s First and Rachmaninoff’s Second piano concertos. I practically wore out those poor LP’s. I just was so smitten by the sheer sonic richness and romantic phrasing of Cliburn – even though I was maybe only just beginning to study the violin at the time. That sound has stuck with me through the years a lot, and occasionally there is a pianist who approaches that concept (Andre Watts is a prime example), but I’ve yet to find one who has eclipsed Cliburn in sheer beauty of sound.