I liked Ilya's performance... however one critic didn't, saying that it was a performance of violin playing as opposed to a performance of Tchaikovsky's music.
For me, it was an interesting interpretation, focussing on different aspects as opposed to the loud and magnificent that has been the norm since Oistrakh. I prefer the loud and magnificent still, however I still appreciate this interpretation for what it is, and would not say that it is a bad interpretation just for being different.
After the concerto, I went out to the stage door to wait for Ilya to come out and sign some signatures. There were a couple of other people waiting. We waited and we waited. The bell started ringing to call people back into the auditorium for the second half. Some of the people waiting gave up, but I didn't... knowing that I wasn't going to see the second half anyway because I was required outside in the middle of the symphony to prepare for handing out flyers for my University. It was paying for my ticket, so I was ok with this.
So I had a look inside when a door opened, and Ilya was there... so I called the girls back (knowing them... they're violinists, and one of them had come to my recital. I consider anyone who came to my recital a friend).
Eventually, he came out, and we got a few signatures. Here's mine:
The girls had also been closer to the stage than me, so after the concert, they went up to where he was performing and grabbed the bow hairs that Ilya had broken during the Tchaikovsky. They gave me one of them:
If I had, would I be as crazy as Bram?
Anyway, it's great you got to see Ilya in concert! I really enjoyed reading about it :) I'll try to see him one of these days if I can find a darn touring schedule...
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