August 2007

Sometimes contemporary is synonymous with scary.

August 13, 2007 07:45

BEIJING, CHINA—Imagine this. You’re sitting in the Forbidden City Concert Hall, seconds from hearing the finale of final concert given by the Great Wall International Music Academy. Your brain is wandering back to the first item on the program, the Romanian Folk Dances, played not by violin and piano but by orchestra. Oh how wonderful it was! Suddenly, applause interrupts your thoughts. You glance up from your seat in the front rows just in time to see the conductor, none other than Kurt Sassmannhaus himself, walk on stage. Next to him is Li Chuan Yun, the final soloist of the night. On the program is a piece by Piazzolla, a piece you’ve never heard before. You watch with anticipation as the orchestra gets ready, the conductor raises his arms, and the soloist lifts his instrument up. You close your eyes, bracing yourself for the moment…And then--- SCREECH! Within a second, your eyes are wide open. Surely, that wasn’t the sound of a bow scratching the wrong side of the bridge? Did something go wrong? But it continues… Screech, scratch, screech. Oh dear. You grip the arms of your seat tightly as the entire orchestra joins in, playing with the bow behind the bridge.

What a piece. What a piece. Skillful playing, but what a piece.

3 replies | Archive link


More entries: September 2007July 2007

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

JR Judd Violins
JR Judd Violins

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

2023 Authenticate LA: Los Angeles Violin Shop
2023 Authenticate LA

Violinist.com Shopping Guide
Violinist.com Shopping Guide

Stringtelligence

Metzler Violin Shop

Southwest Strings

Bobelock Cases

Johnson String Instrument/Carriage House Violins

Jargar Strings

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop

FiddlerShop

Fiddlerman.com

Los Angeles Violin Shop

Baerenreiter

String Masters

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Laurie's Books

Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 1, with introduction by Hilary Hahn

Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2
Violinist.com Interviews Volume 2, with introduction by Rachel Barton Pine

Subscribe