Friday, April 14, 2006

a beautiful evening a wonderful feeling

They were incredible, unbelievable and extremely talented. And I am absolutely positive that everyone enjoyed it. Not as much as I did perhaps, but they definitely enjoyed it.

I went to a concert today with my 15 year old sister. It was featuring a Polish duo under the name Carcow Duo, the city of Carcow/Poland. There are two life long friends, Jan Kalinowski (Cellist) and Marek Szlezer (Pianist) who teamed up to gift the world with their beautiful music. They performed some Chopin, Debussy a Bach a Piazzolla (MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE) and a K. Penderecki.

The music was astounding. They played like you could only wish anyone would play. I can not describe the way it made me feel. It leaves you vulnerable, fragile and completely exposed. The Cellist, unreal. Watching him play was like watching a complete theatrical production at its best. The isolation, anger, frustration and the strength of his playing was so raw I felt violated. He made me feel like I was meant by each note. It was personal. I felt responsible to handle what I am hearing.
(the above: said at the risk of sounding exaggerated.)

The Pianist was remarkably talented just as much. The harmony between them was so engaging that you could not but feel involved. Marek (the Pianist) whisked us away to another time (a time I wish I could have lived) while performing Chopin's Mazurka in F. Sharp minor, Op. 59, No.3 and the mind blowing Etude in C., Op. 10, No. 12 "revolutionary". We were all astonished by his solo performance.

The grand finale was indescribable. Le Grand Tango by A.Piazzolla.
Honestly? Words fail me beyond my tolerance. It is not fair to experience such feelings and lack the capability to articulate. Do you know that feeling you get when you hear that you've been betrayed? Or when you drive really fast up a steep hill and back down? You know that sinking motion you feel in your heart? That is exactly what I felt throughout the whole piece. (the examples used above are extremely infantile, noted. I just hope I got the feeling across.)

You can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw that they were selling a CD that includes most of their performance tonight.

Two hours splendidly spent.

I play the Piano. And have practiced both the Violin and the Guitar for a while. Currently however, I am studying the Cello, which I believe is the most amazing instrument ever created by mankind. It has been a dream of mine, and making it come true introduces me to another level of satisfaction and fu
lfillment I thought was impossible.

I guess you can now understand why I am so taken when it comes such matters.

3 Comments:

Blogger Rambling Hal said...

Sounds amazing...makes me so badly wish I was there! Actually, I wish I had known about it - next time, let us know something like this is being held and I can guarantee it will travel the Jordanian blogosphere like wildfire!

I also play the piano, ever since I was 6, and I had to learn how to play the cello when I was doing my LRSM exam. I found it soooooo difficult! And you're right, most beautiful instrument ever. Don't stop! Since you play the guitar and violing, your fingers probably won't suffer as much while you learn the cello, as mine did coming from a piano background to a string instrument.

Glad you enjoyed your evening so much!

11:07 AM  
Anonymous bilotee said...

Hey Hal, welcome to my wonderland.
You can not believe how glad I am to actually meet someone so intuned with my channels. I like you already, hehe :) Next time such a thing is on, I'll make sure you are the first to know. There is going to be one around the 24th, so I'll keep you posted.

I can't agree more, the Cello is so hard, but it is just so beautiful! I've got the tiniest fingers on the planet, so you can perfectly imagine the pain I'm going through! I totally agree, playing a string intrument after all those years of Piano, is such a shift!

Thank you for the encouragment immensely.

Don't be a stranger :)

1:47 PM  
Blogger Rambling Hal said...

:D I can't get over how nice all Jordanian bloggers seem to be!

Just remembered I should have mentioned: The National Music Conservatory is celebrating Mozart's 250th anniversary this month, so they have a bunch of events going on. I posted a whole list on my blog, check it out if you're a Mozart fan!

And no intentions of being a stranger! ;) Cheers!

10:49 PM  

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