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Caeli Smith

Special YTSO Vlog Just for! Gil Shaham plays Mozart 5!

April 15, 2009 at 9:08 PM

This afternoon I got to sit up close and record Gil Shaham rehearsing the complete Finale from Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, K. 219 with the YTSO. And a first time ever (for me, at least) I was encouraged to record the whole thing on my Flip camera!

From Laurie Niles
Posted on April 15, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Is he playing his Strad?

I noticed this on a recording that someone did with -- I believe with their cell phone or at least some kind of small device -- of Josh Bell playing a cadenza. The sound of a Strad always comes through, even when recorded with a tiny not-particularly-great-at-recording-music video camera, and even over my tiny computer speaker! (Nothing against your Flip! ;)

Posted on April 16, 2009 at 2:31 AM

actually, my comment was to praise the quality of that flip-phone...both quality of video and audio  impresses me...but how expensive it  must be to use the darn thing.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on April 16, 2009 at 2:33 AM

Thanks again, Caeli.  You are lucky to be there, and we are lucky to have you give us an insider's view.  I loved the video of Gil Shaham playing Mozart.  I've been going through the youtube videos on The YouTube Symphony Orchestra channel on Youtube.  Your posts are always the best.  I enjoyed watching the masterclasses, even those for instruments other than the violin, because they explain how sound is converted to music with emotions.  I'm very, very eager to hear their concert and your remarks on it.  Thanks again.

From Tess Z
Posted on April 16, 2009 at 3:38 AM

Wow, the audio and video are way above expectation's Caeli.  What a treat to be at the rehearsals.  And thanks for sharing your experiences with   :-)

From sharelle taylor
Posted on April 16, 2009 at 10:13 AM

This has been one of my delights in learning the violin - I had never heard it until I started learning and got a cd of Arthur Grumiaux playing.  

Gil Shaham just imparts such a joyousness about the opportunity to play this, you'd think he was one of the  YTSO contestants, who had never played on the big stage.  

Great video footage, Caeli, wonderful to be able to see vibrato actions up close, but only close enough that they are part of the whole.

From Caeli Smith
Posted on April 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Just to clarify, Sam: the Flip is not a phone. It is a very small video camera that records in surpringly good detail. YouTube gave cameras to the three members of the Vlog Squad: me, pianist Jeremy Denk, and toy pianist Eiko Sudoh so that we could record rehearsals and interviews. The camera is different because it has a USB port built in and you can upload directly to your laptop without a cable.

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