07. March 2015 · Comments Off on Crazy · Categories: Read Online

Something equally unacceptable happened in London last night. According to a Southbank Centre statement: “An intruder forced his way into the Royal Festival Hall auditorium and onto the stage during last night’s concert and attempted to disrupt the performance by filming himself on his mobile phone.”

What the statement doesn’t say is that the man came on stage as Ádám Fischer was conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the finale of Dvo?ák’s New World Symphony. I know what you’re thinking. Never since its principal theme was used to sell Hovis bread has anything so terrible happened to the New World Symphony. Hasn’t Dvo?ák suffered enough?

My colleague Tim Ashley reports in his review that Fischer shot the intruder a look of “quizzical amazement”, and the Southbank statement notes “the concert continued without pause”. I am in awe: I couldn’t conduct Dvo?ák to save my life, still less shoot anyone a look of quizzical amazement at the same time.

Well, we are taught to go on no matter what, after all!


07. March 2015 · Comments Off on Violonchelo da spalla · Categories: Listen

Sadly I can’t figure out how to embed this video. I’ll keep searching …


From the video page:
Sergey Malov, violonchelo da spalla
Instrumental Rarities

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite n. 6 in D major BWV 1012


It is possible that, when Johann Sebastian Bach composed his Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012, he had the violonchelo da spalla –an instrument that, in all probability, he was familiar with– in mind. The five strings of this rare instrument, presented for the first time in Spain in this concert, facilitate the performance of this complex work.