A very backdated post considering the week of Pierre Amoyal and the performances by New York Philharmonic were in October, but better late than never, I suppose.

A very ardent fan I was, travelling all the way to the Conservatory Concert Hall at NUS, 3 days in a week to catch violinist Pierre Amoyal perform with the Camerata de Lausanne; perform at his solo recital; and conduct a masterclass for students of the YST Conservatory of Music.

The Camerata de Lausanne led by Pierre Amoyal, performed Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – clean, light and tight. What really blew me away that night was Nino Rota’s Concerto Per Archi. The hauntingly beautiful melody line in the first movement tugged at the heartstrings. With such fine musicians, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings was yet another moving account.

Their September performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, at Moscow:

Nino Rota’s Concerto Per Archi, performed by Frankfurt Strings:

A change in timing caused me to miss the first hour of the masterclass that Pierre Amoyal conducted, but even then, it was an interesting 2 hours, all the way up to the time he had to leave to catch his flight, though the Strad stayed in the case throughout as well. (fortunately I caught his lunchtime recital the day before). Some snippets (non-verbatim of course!):

  • Dynamics – differentiate between p and pp
  • Romanticism – French vs German vs Roumanian etc. The French kind is the controlled, speaking (with reference to the beautiful French language), intellectual type
  • Bach – seriousness
  • Bow – use of bow all the way to the frog; bow speed >> projection (ah, very familiar words from Mr Foo too, who studied at the Conservatoire de Lausanne with Amoyal)
  • Dvorak – simple, down-to-earth
  • Left hand fingers – use finger tips for fast passages to get cleaner sound

The New York Philharmonic‘s coming to Singapore was almost celebrity-like. Thanks to Kyong again, I attended the full-house concert featuring violinist Frank Zimmermann. With Brahms Violin Concerto and Mahler 1 in the programme, it was a heavy affair but the audience lapped it all up. Long standing ovations were given for the Mahler performance, which was monumental. Read review by Lynne Huang.

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