It’s funny to read articles and music reviews by American critics about European orchestras.
Classical music, it’s evolution, and survival need bare no relevance to elitism. Period.
I remember when I was in Russia at the St. Petersburg Marinsky Theater to watch two of my FAVORITE ballets, Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite,” and Rimsky-Korsokov’s “Scheherazade” – and being floored and amazed at the sound the orchestra was creating. This concept of playing was so new to me! Sure, I have my far share of cds featuring some of the greatest European orchestra – from Berlin, to France, to Israel, to Budapest, to Denmark – but when you hear it live – it’s something different – it inculcates a different set of emotions and you’re taken back by the sheer genius. I think at first, for many, the reaction is a negative one – because it’s so different.
Sort of like the gay community in the US – first a negative reaction because it’s SO different – then you realize that their addition into society is – well sort of essential and rather amazing and bare no influence on anyone else nor affect anyone else lives. (A story for another time and another blog)
But, as I was saying, the Marinsky Orchestra seemed to served the music, as the composer intended, and not the other way around. At times it was gritty and dirty – because the music called for it – at other times it was sweet, serene, and sublime.
Music – it’s SO COOL!
Happy Music MAKING!