Sleepless within the Musikstadt

From our weekly diarist Anthea Kreston:

Not sufficient sleep – however excited to be heading to Vienna for one final time to play on the superb Konzerthaus. The Artemis has been in residence there since earlier than I joined – I’ve performed within the egg-shell blue, rectangular wood corridor greater than 20 instances. With its pristine acoustics, beneficiant stage, velvet-lined seats and devoted viewers (we play two nights in a row, identical program, to sold-out audiences) it feels probably the most snug of all the phases I’ve had the privilege of attending to know these previous years. These subsequent two instances, my final right here in Vienna, will probably be as a visitor violist – enjoying alongside the brand new formation, in a joint pass-off live performance with the opposite visitor departing member, cellist Eckart Runge. This system (we now have already performed it various instances – most just lately final evening within the Philharmonie in Berlin) is the primary Brahms Sextet, adopted by Berg Sextet (the association of the Op. 1 Piano Sonata by unique Artemis violinist Heime Müller), after which the brand new Artemis (Harriet Krijgh and Suyeon Kim becoming a member of veterans Gregor Sigl and Vineta Sareika) enjoying the Smetana Quartet.

The roll of a visitor in any chamber ensemble (or orchestra) is as an observer. Hear, watch, match, improve. Study from the others, shortly, resist asking questions or commenting – relatively be open to feedback and observe, observe, observe. As well as, enjoying viola as a substitute of violin signifies that alliances have shifted – I’m now not the primary duet associate of the primary violinist – I now pair most frequently with the primary violist, am on the alternative facet of the second violin/viola rhythm part, or play as back-up to second cello. It has given me new perception to somebody I felt I had identified so effectively – the violist Gregor Sigl, whose facility and emotional freedom with the viewers has all the time impressed me – now I study and match his viola bow-speed, depth of sound and vibrato width. Sluggish it down, dig in, supply harmonic assist from the C string – a sound which I’ve all the time beloved, and which informs my violin enjoying. I’m all the time looking for the darkness in my violin enjoying, or, conversely, the brightness of the violin e-string encourages a transparent, vibrant sound within the high registers of the viola. For me, the viola and violin are one prolonged instrument – to play each is to study from your self, and to broaden the approach and sounds inherent in every instrument.

I can already hear that the Artemis has shifted gears – they’ve shortly developed a brand new sound – one thing with a bit extra air and lightness. Anyway – that’s the way it feels from inside, and it’s thrilling to see and listen to a brand new life and route, from inside in addition to from an viewers perspective.

I had anticipated that I’d really feel nostalgic or in some way have moments of remorse that I made a decision to step away from this quartet – I’ve labored so laborious, and this chance is the top of something that I, personally, might have ever hoped for in my profession. Particularly contemplating that I had made a acutely aware resolution 9 years in the past to step away from pounding the profession path, and moved to a small city in Oregon to have kids. However, sitting on the tippy-top of the Philharmonie Corridor final evening, subsequent to previous mates, watching the brand new formation weave a spell – I felt nothing however pleasure and lightness. They sound simply great, and these final concert events are cathartic and releasing. The issues I’ve realized, the locations I’ve traveled, the music I’ve carried out, the flights, motels, dinners, assist employees and colleagues – these recollections are preserved due to Norman Lebrecht – due to you – permitting me to be current each second – to really feel and reply and to put in writing. Thanks, Slipped Disc! And I can’t wait to share with you the subsequent section – already underway, and underneath wraps, for now.


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