Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

There is something extremely human about Perlman, both as a person and as the bow of god. He IS music.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
   

Yasha hefetz / Itzhak Perlman
- The bow of god

* disclaimer (for all of you retired classical music fans who are already sharpening your keyboards eager to comment even before hearing what I have to say…) not only am I not, am claiming, or have ever claimed to be an expert of classical music, I would say most amateurs I have met know more than me about the subject.


There is something extremely human about Perlman, both as a person and as the bow of god. He IS music. he makes his violin cry and laugh better than anyone I know, caressing it, caressing our ear, caressing the worldly vibrations of the air itself as he weaves tremolos and pizzicatos into a perfect tapestry of classical genius, with jazz genius and a klezmer twist.
 
That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise. - Perlman
 

There is something about Jewish violin players. Other then the stereotypical notion, which to tell you the truth, as someone who has Jewish origins, I can't really object to that much, It's not really a bad thing being known for having cultural & musical prowess with a huge heart and a good head.

And Perlman is the perfect example. Knowledgeable, talented to a point of making your cry, but with that famous Jewish humor and just a little bit of tongue in cheek approach to music. to the joy of music. The joy of making music, the joy of listening to music, a joy Perlman is very happy to share with us all.

 
One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening. - Perlman
 
But Perlman is much more than just a musician. He is an icon. As a boy he got a severe case of polio which left him almost paralyzed and on crutches. Seeing him struggle to get to his place on stage is a integral part of the concert by now, and his struggle is on some level everyone's. in one of the concerts when a string snapped, Perlman did the almost impossible and continued to finish the piece, while retuning the violin while he played to get the right notes from the wrong strings and as the standing ovation settled down, he looked at the audience and said: "You know, sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left."
 
As I said. He's a good guy. Which brings me to another one of those.
 
Child prodigy is a curse because you've got all those terrible possibilities. - Perlman
 

Perlman, who was known for his passion and warmth once referred to Heifetz in an interview as "a tornado", and I tend to agree (like anyone would take my word over Perlman's …) as the only way to describe the feeling when you hear Heifetz at his best is being "carried away". I would have used a more tornado-related term like "blown away" but it doesn’t have the proper gravitas that Heifetz, as a representative of the older generation, has about him.

And Heifetz brought something else from that older generation. Perfection. Or at least the search for it, the journey towards it. There is no such thing as perfection but Heifetz was brushing against it at his prime. And all thanks to his talent but also that Russian old world discipline we miss these days.

 
If I don't practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.”
- heifetz
 
The thing I like about Heifetz? He could be a mothballed old timer from the patria who praises practicing and Prussian accuracy, he can be as deep as the ocean, as sad as can be, as sentimentally serious as can be, but in the end of the day? he is still Jewish, and no matter how serious he looks, there is that sense of humor…
 
I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons. First to discourage the composer from writing anymore and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.” - heifetz
 
For me they were like father and son, or maybe brothers, the serious and the playful, the deep and the, eh, also deep, Perlman is light hearted but he is never shallow. They were the same soul, in a small evolutionary variation. I am waiting to see who will be the next in that never ending chain of cultural beauty and emotional manipulation of god's private bow.
 
This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in five or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development.
 

W Isaac Stern - Bach Double Concerto  http://youtu.be/vesrqFeq9rU
Tchaikovsky Valse Scherzo op 2 http://youtu.be/8La4ix318GE
cinema paradise http://youtu.be/9Aqj6u_7kFM
modern jazz quartet http://youtu.be/GD9D1d1T4WQ
Rachmaninoff's Vocalise http://youtu.be/dwGmHZ8XgeU
Klezmer http://youtu.be/DkmFgQ9fM94
Manuel de Falla Danse Espagnole  http://youtu.be/Z4ayc6Fb3hI
mendellson http://youtu.be/7m08JOODCI0
bach, partita in d minor http://youtu.be/3WNrH9PK0ug