January 4, 2016

The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Celibidache at a concert from 1971. Bolero, o interpretare magistrara si un comentariu iluminant



"He lives every note, he explained in his Musical Phenomenology that a musician is discovering the music every instant, the composer just makes a suggestion but the music is created in the interpretation, with a fresh first look approach, even though every thing was over rehearsed and the tempo more likely slower than most conductors so we could appreciate the complexity of the body of sound. He does not look upon the repetitions as reiterating or monotonous, every new frase is a fresh new start note by note and the build up in intensity is monumental, with total control over the volumes to be able to reach brilliantly the culmination, still with lower volumes than most directors. I have never heard any conductor do anything remotely like this. He explained that it occurs naturally in all music but mostly in Ravel we should try listen the super harmonics several octaves higher that we ignore but in the case of Ravel he generously writes some of them down for us, you can here some of those higher harmonies around minute 8:08 or 10:41 but they are happening all the time we don't hear them because of the microphones used in the recordings, the occur naturally in the concert hall so you had to see him live otherwise that was not his music. Ichi go ichi e was part of his philosophy. This is a once in a lifetime interpretation, a historic event. The greatest conductor in history! He used to receive 20 and 30 minutes of applause. And wouldn't mind the coughing or any noises in the hall, everything for him was a part of that unique instant. He had a very deep understanding of art and human emotions with a Buddhist inspiration, I had the good fortune to see him several times, the experience was electrifying, mystical. Thank you for sharing! Even though he would have never authorized it... he was vehemently opposed to recordings and electronic reproduction of music, imagine that! Today we mostly only hear electronically reproduced music in low quality digital audio in computer speakers and headsets which filter out all the harmonics, noises and also the emotion of life, into a beautifully wrapped present but empty. Our modern world has forgotten or never appreciated these concepts, we only have this moment. in most composer's lifetime before recordings began their music could only be heard once or twice, in a very special event, a concert! while today we can repeat it a hundreds times, fix it in our memory and then we lose the spontaneity of the first listening, the first love! we always compare it with what we've heard before, we already "know" it, when it should be like the discovery of a new landscape, an adventure, like you see on his expressions on every note. Today we buy low quality digitalized emotion, ones and zeros with no heart. Please study this man and his philosophy it's very important. One of the greatest minds of the 20th century. what is beauty? Truth, and Truth sets us free. Why do we feel emotion when we listen to beautiful music? Because we are experiencing the Truth." (commentary by Eduardo Torres)