Couple years ago we played Sibelius with ... um... a very well-known soloist. Her sound was smaller & more concentrated than I expected, but whatever. The thing that surprised me was that she broke a LOT of bow hairs at both rehearsals and at the performance. I wondered if she was even going to be able to use the same bow at her next concert.
This week (tonight, actually) we are playing Prokofiev #1 with Anne Akiko Meyers. This woman gets a HUGE HUGE sound, and has not broken a bow hair yet, even though we went through the Scherzo twice with her playing at full throttle. Did I mention she gets a huge sound?
Since I'm not a violinist, can anyone explain how & why this happens? The only real difference I could see is that Violinist #1 played with a very slanted bow, and AAM keeps it pretty flat.
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