From where shall I start? It really does not matter. Last weekend’s concert was radiating with such joy & pleasure! My enjoyment started on Thursday (the mid day concert) and continued on Saturday night. In between I was humming a few of Rachmaninoff’s variations from the ‘Rapsody on a theme of Paganini’ and couldn’t wait to hear again Dvorak’s ‘Serenade in D minor’ and Mozart’s ‘Symphony No.36’.
This music is not new to me and I can always pick up a CD and listen
to it at home. However, and this is a "great kind of however": Jon Kimura Parker, the virtuoso pianist dazzling performance of Rachmaninoff’s ‘Rapsody’, the intimate chamber music set of Dvorak’s ‘Serenade‘and Mozart’s ‘"Linz" Symphony’, performed live with, (not "under") Pinchas Zukerman, was such a joy as though the single key for a blissful life is live music!
I believe that the partnership of Zukerman & Parker were the leading "chimical elements" for that PSO outstanding concert.
First Zukerman: Whenever he conducts the PSO, he
radiates such unpretentious feelings as though he is on the podium just
because he loves music! And it is contagious. We, the audience, (and I
am sure, I am not alone!) felt that embrace: the love of participating
in music making.
Now, Parker: "a force of nature" radiating the spirit of the other two virtuosos: Paganini & Rachmaninoff,
the composers / performers who producesd dazzling music which fitted
their legendary skills. And than, the gift of such generous encore: ‘Variations on the Wizard of Oz’ composed (teasingly) for Parker by the American, William Hertz, his "buddy" for many years, who knew that Jon Kimura Parker will perform a four-piece with "just two devilish fingers"!
The PSO, in its chamber form, performing Dvorak’s ‘Serenade’, in it’s " Mozartian size" performing ‘Symphony No.36’ and in it’s full capacity performing Rachmaninoff’s ‘Rhapsody’, was such a well tuned "organism", as though the Darwinian concepts, elevated it above any other "species".
This time, I will not elaborate on my thoughts & associations of
the music itself, which were formed during the concert. The delight of
live music, the joy of being alive just by "becoming one" with the
"triangle" of orchestra-soloist-conductor is plenty to sustain me for a