February 27, 2010 / Postcards /
This has been a week of steps forward in my professional life. I performed the Menotti concerto for the first time, here in Stuttgart, and it has entered my set of current-favorite pieces to play. I am very excited about the concerto: it is pretty and dramatic and lyrical, and fits the violin so very well that it doesn’t get in its own way or in the way of anyone trying to interpret it. For some reason, it is rare to come across a piece so inherently natural to the instrument for which it was written. Although I don’t have any more Menotti concerts in the coming months, I can’t wait to perform it again next season.
On another front, my next album, Higdon and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos, is progressing nicely; I am at this very moment sitting in a lounge in the Copenhagen airport taking a break from listening to the Higdon in its post-production state. There is still a lot to do with the album – package design, finalizing the text content of the booklet, polishing the balances and mastering – but it is well on its way, and I can hardly believe that this album will be finished soon. It will be my twelfth feature album. Steady work really can accomplish many things!
Looking out the window of this lounge, I was pleasantly surprised to see Ole Bull’s picture on the tail of an airplane; he was a famous Norwegian violinist who lived from 1810-1880. He would probably be astonished to encounter an airplane, not to mention his photo on one, but it is nice to see a country taking pride in its musical history.
From the road,