Stringed Inspiration X Two

Classical music and I are very strange bedfellows. I have such deep respect for it; I’ve studied it. However, I cannot connect with it on any level other than academic except, with a few aural performances, a few composers and a few musicians. I do not feel connected, because I didn’t live in those times; I cannot sincerely relate.

I would like to share/celebrate two of my very fave classical musicians who inspire me most; for me, it is about their connection to the music they play, through the instrument they have dedicated themselves, to convey that connection.

They come from two completely different backgrounds; they represent two very different “pillars” of inspiration for me; the music, although special, is the LEAST of that inspiration

Itzhak Perlman: Huge Heart; You'd Better Believe It!

Itzhak Perlman is a living, breathing inspiration. Passion, conviction and humility are gifts that he extols upon us with every note he plays. Every note, EVERY NOTE has a piece of his soul in it. For me, this is testament to the sincerity of the man and size of his heart! You will not only believe but, hang on to every note he plays in this wonderful excerpt of (“HIS”) Tchaikovsky‘s Violin Concert.

Yo-Yo Ma: Sheer Joy; You'd Better Believe It!

Yo-Yo Ma‘s whole being transforms when he plays. His obvious joy, and absolute intent are so apparent that you have no choice but to enjoy every note and all the spaces in between; as he mind-melds with his cello. This man’s connection to his art form transcends genre and instrument; to witness Yo-Yo Ma playing, is to witness a man celebrating and sharing the all of his musical being.

Watch Yo-Yo Ma‘s very personal performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, 2nd Mvmt and witness his sheer joy in offering us his gift.


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