The violinist is Simone Lamsma.
The cor anglais Davida Scheffers.
She’s playing a fabulous Britten this week in Houston. I don’t ladle heavy praise as some commenters here do, but her Britten earns it – great playing and musicianship.
Beautiful and moving indeed. I’ve visited this video many times. I sense that Davida Scheffers have a personal relation to these atrocities.
But Chloe Hanslip has the best performance I’ve ever heard of this music. I really like her expressive violin playing.
There is quite a difference between Lamsma’s more streamlined playing and Hanslip’s very romantic free approach. I wonder what Williams think?
(… and Perlman’s on YouTube the worst… ?)
Perhaps Davida Scheffers has a personal connection.
Regardless, the music is very moving, and the association with the Schindler’s List inevitable and overwhelming. I don’t know how anyone can watch that movie with a dry eye. I didn’t, and I am not Jewish.
There are some moist player’s eyes in this ‘Erbarme Dich’ by Quasthoff
Todah rabbah Norman
And in the meantime, Schindler’s list’s Oscar awarded producer Branko Lustig was engaged in Zagreb, Croatia in this project for the Holocaust remembrance day:
(It’s in Croatian, but with some help of Google translator you’ll get the idea…)
Thank you for posting this.
Noa Wildschut, violin,
Dorine Schoon, cor anglais
The tears are because this orchestra is made up of highly-skilled amateur musicians most of whom went to conservatory and had plans to be professionals, but somehow never made it; Davida suffers from an extremely painful neuromuscular condition that derailed her career, and she thought she would never get to play in a professional orchestra again. That, combined with this particular piece of music, elicited the emotional response we all saw here. (The also-emotional blonde woman they kept panning to in the audience is Davida’s daughter).
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