When a famous soloist plays 2 days consecutively, which one should you choose?
Many times, when a soloist comes to a city, plays 2 consecutively days the same program. The question is very simple:
Which day should you choose?
The first day, which should be the surprising one, fresh and new, or the second one?
So many of the top soloists are touring the world with a few set programs. I think it would be a "roll of the dice." One performance might be better than the other, but you can't predict if or which.
The great soloists did not get to where they are by being inconsistent. Go whichever evening fits your personal schedule the best. It will be amazing.
None of you favor one choice over the other?
If soloist X has performed the Brahms concerto 50 times, # 51 will not be a problem. In the L.A. recording studios we had the saying; "second take jinx". Take one is flawed, take two is always worse, the third or fourth might be good enough to keep, and after about 10, it gets worn out, stale, gets worse.
The feelings a student may have about performing a solo on stage are not remotely related to how a famous soloist, one for whom this is their career, feels about performing a solo on stage. Nerves/comfort level/experience were all taken care of years ago.
OK, so if you were to go, your answer is I wouldn't care which day. I wasn't expecting that answer, but, hahaha, it's fine. I thought, as I said, some of you would take one day over the other for any reason, and these reasons were what I wanted to read so I could clear up my mind, because now I'm 50/50. Actually I lean to the first day option just because it's the "inauguration" day.
I saw the Perlman recital in Toronto with a friend a while back. He plays the same encores at every performance, but they're still awesome.
If Perlman played a recital and didn't include "Schindler's List" among his encores, people would be asking for their money back.