“Who was ever really happy with one scoop of ice cream rather than two? Bach’s Double Concerto is dessert doubled…The violins’ interplay is playfully fiery in the work’s outer movements. But here, in the central Largo, the mood is shared, serene, blossoming longing.” — New York Times
It’s that time of year again. Perhaps where you are, the first snow has fallen and the lights of your neighbours’ homes reflect in a mirror of ice on the ground. Perhaps you find yourself in sunnier climes, relishing the warmth or melancholic for the cold.
Wherever you find yourself, you may very well be on the brink of a holiday, or you have already celebrated all that the month of December brings to so many of us.
And so, allow me to present a gift of music to you. Fragile and from the heart, recorded on an iPhone (for better and worse…) and filmed by an eager student of violinist Sebastian Bohren. This video was taken during a rehearsal at the much longed for GAIA Music Festival that, after being skipped three times, finally took place in late August of this year. The second movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concert for Two Violins in D minor (BWV 1043) is one of the composer’s most beloved pieces. The structural beauty and expressive, meandering and moving aspects of the concerto enchant audiences and consume the players.
With this, I thank you, my friends and family, business associates and supporters, patrons and advisors, for all you have done, and do, to encourage and believe in music.
Wishing you a happy festive season, with a cherry on top.
Yours as ever,