Monday, October 24, 2005

Taking it slow

Listened again to a newly remastered and now re-released version of Brahms' and Sibelius' Violin Concerti with Ginette Neveu.

It's so musical. The tempos of the Sibelius are really slow compared to any recent recording...I was stunned to hear the opening dee-daw-dee-daw A's - I mean it's been ten years since I went through a "Neveu" phase. But it was a real joy to hear it. Everything made sense, and fit well. It didn't need to be a break neck speed to be exciting or musical. It was good, honest music making. You don't always get that.

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