Adjusting to isolation has gone quite nicely for me. I’ve always had imaginary friends. Now many of them are actually inviting me into their living rooms to hear them play and (thanks to "Fiddlers’ Favorite Recipes") their kitchens to watch them cook. I get as much pleasure from their music as I do from seeing their various abodes. Who has the most interesting bookshelves (Martin Chalifour), who makes the strongest Cosmo (Ida Kavafian), and who is quarantined with the sweetest pet (David Gerstein)?
So when Laurie asked me to help assemble Opus 6 of "Hope-Inspiring Spontaneous Music," I was only too happy to put my voyeuristic skills to work. From concertmasters of major and regional orchestras, to soloists, to chamber musicians, here are some recent inspirational, comforting, and humorous clips for your viewing pleasure.
Martin Chalifour, Principal Concertmaster, LA Philharmonic, plays an awe-inspiring potpourri of movements by Prokofiev, Bach, and Telemann. (As for his bookshelves, now here’s a man who actually seems to use his library! After watching so many home-based videos, I’m starting to get a little tired of the perfectly organized bookshelves with the obvious intellectual hardcover strategically turned outward.)
Violinist Sarah Kapustin single-handedly (well, with the help of five other Sarahs) takes on Piazzolla’s "Primavera Porteña," arranged by Desyatnikov/Kapustin.
Josh Henderson, of the Warp Trio, gives us a humorous take on life before, during, and after quarantine. I’ll have it your way, Josh!
David Gerstein, Principal Cellist, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, invites three of his closest friends (plus a very well-behaved four-legged pal) to perform Georg Goltermann’s gorgeous "Romance for Four Cellos."
Yi Zhao, Colorado Symphony’s Acting Associate Concertmaster, and her husband Young Kim, play Beethoven’s Duet No. 1 from "Three Duos." And if you think Mr. Kim is playing a horn, you'd be right!
Adam LaMotte, founder and director, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and his wife, Janet, get schooled by a special guest on the stylistic nuances of "Turkey in the Straw." (Stay tuned until at least 0:30!) The duo is live streaming violin/piano recitals each Wednesday evening from their home.
Gabriel Lefkowitz, Concertmaster, Louisville Orchestra, and Julia Noone, his stand partner, play Prokofiev’s "Sonata for Two Violins," a piece they learned during the first week of social distancing. (I’m guessing they’re quarantining together!)
With symphony performances almost universally on hiatus, we've put "The Week in Reviews" on hold and instead bring you this roundup of online "quarantine" performances. If you’d like to share links of performances you’ve enjoyed, please do so in the comments or e-mail me for possible inclusion in a later opus.
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