Several years ago a young Boston cellist, Sebastian Baverstam, filled in as an emergency replacement for Lynn Harrell at a Cape Symphony Orchestra concert. He brought down the house playing a difficult concerto and I hoped at that time to be able to see him again. This past Sunday was my chance.
|Sebastian playing Bach Photo by George Dalin|
I especially enjoyed the Bach First Suite, because I have learned it and enjoy playing it myself. I had true admiration for the playing of Schumann's Adagio and Allegro, a very difficult piece which was executed with great feeling and wonderful technique. I've tried learning the Brahm's 1st Sonata, but have never felt I have mastered the playing of this piece (maybe someday in the future I will feel comfortable with it), so it was inspiring to hear Sebastian's beautiful rendition of this piece. The pianist was very good, too, but his playing, to me, felt a little heavy and loud for the room and the cellist, especially in the quieter sections of the pieces.
A very inspiring afternoon. I've been working on the third suite this year, but the concert sent me back to the first suite to practice it again. Lovely concert.