I am feverishly preparing the Bruch first movement for an orchestra audition tonight, and the fortissimo g minor chord in measure 24 still eludes me. While with the other chords/octaves the main challenge seems to be intonation/finger coordination, this 4-note chord gives me the most trouble. The slightest vibrato hurts my intonation--I'm wondering if I'm using the wrong type of vibrato (though mine seems to be a hybrid--I haven't significantly or consciously managed to differentiate my arm/wrist/finger vibratos). No vibrato sounds ugly too. I've considered letting go of the b flat on the uppper part of the chord a little early, but that may be cheating and not the right solution. And how to avoid making the tone too screamingly intense? For all its rapture, I'll be glad to put this movement aside for awhile after tonight.
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