Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I'm in love with a dead Finn and a 64 year old Korean violinist. It wasn't love at first sight but boy am I smitten! Without doubt I have played Sibelius's violin concerto more than any other disc so far. It took a while to appreciate it but after a few attempts it all begins to make sense. At first it is confusing - lots of individual bits that don't quite seem to add up to a coherent whole. But relax, sit back and take it in as one piece and, like an impressionist painting that on close inspection is just dots but from a distance represents something of beauty, prepare to be astonished. The effort required is modest for what I know will be a lifetime fascination with this piece.

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