Just a quick entry - I saw Beethovens Vc performed by a professional orchestra and soloist this weekend. What a fantastic orchestra. It's a shame the soloist absolutely murdered the Beethoven. I have grade 1 students who can play more in tune! Even the second violins were grimacing! He also messed up some string crossings in the last movement. Also he chose the most hair-brained fingering for the theme of the finale sul g - 4,1,4, shift 2(F#),4(A)
,which he played flat more often than not. Surely any sane person would do 4,1 shift 1(D),3(F#),4. Or am I crazy and this person is getting paid for a complete hack-job?! Grrr. Even the adagio was out of tune. It wasnt a famous soloist by the way. I live in England, what do you expect! Honestly, it left me bewildered.
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