Well, Vadim Repin’s concert has got me all inspired again. Ran into Semra earlier in the week and she said that on Friday night, Vadim played the Carnival of Venice as an encore. How cool! Luckily, I’ve got him playing this already on a DVD called “World Encores” that I picked up in Singapore when we went for SEAJam. I’m sure it would have been just as fun here in Perth!
Then I started listening to the Leonidas Kavakos version again when my Dad reminded me that I had bought it a few years ago! Now that’s a great version, so much drama and emotion in the playing.
I really want to finish off the Wieniawski now so I can move onto other concertos! I had a good 1.5 hour practice two nights ago – my fingered octaves aren’t going that great, but the 3rd movement is mostly just learning the notes for the moment. I’m trying to balance the 2nd movement so that it’s not too soppy and so each phrase has movement and direction. I’m relatively happy with the 1st movement now I think – I’ll have to wait and see what Margie thinks of it at my 2nd lesson with her tomorrow. I’m still semi fudging some of the arpeggiatic runs, or more like the intonation/shifts aren’t exactly in tune… I guess since I’m doing it more for fun, I don’t have to get it perfect right??? hahahaha