Friday, August 30, 2013

Schumann: aspirational version

For the past couple of months, I've been returning to this video of Mischa Maisky playing the Schumann concerto with Leonard Bernstein conducting -- each time I see it, I get a few new insights into this piece. I love the cleanness and elegance of this performance. I'm guessing from the color of his hair that it was done some 30+ years ago.

First movement (there is an ad at the beginning -- just be patient, it's worth it):

Second and third movements:

I know I'm not going to play it at this level, but I can at least aim for the ease and expressiveness you can see here.

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