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May 9, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Here is a video of Midori playing Ernst's variations on The Last Rose of Summer. 

I think in many ways this shows what I admire most about her as a musician.  She has all this technique, but rarely shows it off.  The last recital I heard from her, she played a Beethoven sonata, a Schumann sonata, and then a piece by Enesco and some music by Cage.  Her program had a clear purpose in sharing some rarely heard music with the world, as well as revisiting some justifiably popular music, and none of those pieces allowed her to show off what she shows left hand pizzicattoing a melody while playing rapid arpeggios @_@

Also, while she seems the type that has intense musical energy deep inside of her, she never seems to indulge herself when performing.  In fact, her recording of the Frank sonata is very strictly controlled, almost excessively so.  I wonder if this is why we view her as one of the "older" performers even though she's only slightly older than, the same age as, or younger then the "young" performers such as Bell, Hahn, and Shaham.  (Or maybe it's because she started so young...but if that were the case, we'd view Sarah Chang as an oldie too...and her perfect stage manners can't hurt either.  Of course, I admire those players I listed as "younger" a great deal as well)

While I doubt I'll ever be able to perform any Ernst (hey, doesn't mean I'll stop trying), that's the type of musician I'd like to some day become.  Somebody who uses their technique and musicianship (actually, all of their resources, whatever they are) to serve the music they're playing, not the other way around. 

From Ruth Kuefler
Posted on May 10, 2009 at 5:30 PM

 Amen. :) These are some of the reasons I so admire her beautiful musicianship.

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