A conversation with Solenne Païdassi
I’m still coming down from the summer– Schoenberg, Shostakovich, “The Jury,” everything and everyone who turned up
The feedback from NCMF Winter Baroque has been rolling in and is overwhelmingly positive. What a concert it was! At one point it looked like smoke was coming out of Aldo’s recorder.
Sarah, on violin, was a kind of live coal of musical energy in the center of the group.
John, on harpsichord, was a wonderful grounding presence and all-around mensch.
Finally, Eliana held the hall under her spell for twenty-five minutes with a big Bach suite.
It is something for these pros to come together and assemble a terrific concert on a few hours of rehearsal. We train for it, but it still feels like a kind of rare alchemy to pull this off. Watching from outside it seems like a bit of a miracle. (This is a shameless plug for attending the open rehearsals during the summer festival.)
There wasn’t an empty pew and I saw only smiles as people filtered out. Thank you for making last year happen.
David Yang, Artistic Director