- FANS' NEWS - 15 -
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Italy, Venice , Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza, Concert with Julien Quentin Sept 10
Luxembourg: Wiltz Festival, Open Air Concert July 10
Berlin: Open-Air Concert June 8
Berlin: Dress-Rehearsal Concert June 7
APRIL - MAY 2010
Dresden: Fantastic concert! May 16
Halle/Saale: amazing! May 10
Ulm: Fascinating! May 4
Wuppertal: Very emotional! April 29
APRIL - MAY 2010
Classic Tour in Germany with the pianist Julien Quentin
David and Julien performed in the wunderful old historical Stadthalle Wuppertal
They were welcomed on stage and started playing Brahms Hungarian Dance right away. Afterwards David took the microphone and intruduced the first piece, the sonata of Johannes Brahms No. 3 in D-Minor. He explained this was the first piece he played for public when he was finished with Juilliard School.
The Brahms Sonate has 4 movements, both men were obviously having fun playing. It was amazing how they complement each other and played together in silent understanding. They both performed with so much emotion.
The temperature in this concert-hall was very high. I was wearing a shirt was long sleaves and was sweating. The same the musicians who already wiped the sweat away from their faces after the first movement. Yes, there was time, because the audience clapped between the movements again ....lol
It was not forbidden to take photos, nevertheless a flurry of camera flashes already began with the first notes, which disturbed the musicians and the audience. As you can see on my photos there are also seats behind the musicians, so that also the audience in front of the stage were blinded. Very sad that many in the audience don't seem to have the sensitivity to take photos without flash. So they made an announcement in the intermission that musicians wish the audience not to take any more photos...(I took mine during the encores...)
Let's go on to the second piece, the Tzigane of French composer Maurice Ravel, which David has chosen because of Julien (he told the audience).
In the beginning the pianist has nothing to do and can lean back (David explained in a charming way) and the violinist has to play a solo. The audience didn't dare to breath, it was emotional and virtuos, everybody would have loved to clap after David's solo but is was time for Julien. It was my first time I have heard the Tzigane live and I was totally overwhelmed by the performance of the two men. David's pizziccatti (when he plugs the strings) and flageolets (he doesn't push the string down to the fingerboard, he just lays his finger on the string without pushing, the violin sounds totally different, more than a flute) were amazing. The audience was watching his fingers flying over the strings ..(this time without rings...maybe because of the heat)
The intermission came much too earlier (it was not early but we all had the feeling, looking on our watches, there was almost 1 hour gone).
After the intermission it was time for Mozart and finally the spring-Sonate of Beethoven.
Julien is a pianist who is playing very emotional and perfectly matches with David. They both enjoyed playing together and seem to like each other in private too.....they always kept eyecontact during their performance.
We didn't let them leave the stage before giving 4 encores...
After the concert both were giving autographs for hundrets of people.
They had a merchendise stand in the foyer of the concert-hall with the products which are sold in the shop on David's website. A very nice flyer with the concert-programm, biography of the musicians and introduction of the pieces they played was sold for 5 Euro.
Beide Musiker wurden mit Applaus auf der Bühne begrüßt begannen gleich mit Brahms Ungarischem Tanz Nr. 5. Danach trat David zum Mikrofon und stellte das erste Stück vor, die Sonate von Johannes Brahms Nr. 3 in D-Moll. Er erklärte, dieses sei das erste Stück mit dem er nach seinem Studium an der Juilliard School wieder öffentlich aufgetreten ist.
Die Brahms Sonate besteht aus 4 Sätzen, beide Männer hatten sichtlich Spaß an ihrem Spiel. Es war unglaublich, wie sich David und Julien ergänzten und in stiller Übereinkunft aufmerksam miteinander spielten
Die Temperatur in der Halle war sehr hoch, ich hatte ein langärmliges T-Shirt and und mir war sehr heiß. Ebenso den Musikern, die sich beide bereits nach dem 1. Satz den Schweiß von der Stirn wischten. Ja, auch diesmal haben die Zuschauer zwischen den Sätzen geklatscht!!!! lol
Fotografieren war nicht verboten, allerdings began schon bei der Brahms-Sonate ein Blitzlichtgewitter, welches die Musiker und Zuschauer sehr störte. In der Stadthalle Wuppertal gibt es auch Plätze hinter den Musikern, sodass die Zuschauer VOR der Bühne von Blitzen geblendet wurden. Sehr schade, dass viele Konzertgänger anscheinend kein Feingefühl haben OHNE Blitzlicht zu fotografieren. Daher wurde auch in der Pause eine Ansage gemacht, dass die Musiker wünschen, dass nicht mehr fotografiert wird.....(meine Fotos habe ich dann während der Zugaben gemacht)
Aber nun zum 2. Stück, der Tzigane des französichen Komponisten Maurice Ravel, welches David wegen Julien ausgesucht hatte (wie er beschrieb).
Bei diesem Stück hat der Pianist anfangs nichts zu tun (wie David charmant erklärte) und der Geiger ein Solo. Die Zuschauer hielten den Atem an, als David spielte, es war sehr virtuos und emotional, am liebsten hätten alle und auch ich danach geklatscht, aber dann setzte Julien ein. Ich habe die Tzigane zum ersten Mal live gehört und war so begeistert..die Zuhörer waren sichtlich begeistert von David's Pizziccati, seinen Flageolett-Tönen und schauten fasziniert auf seine Finger (diesmal ohne Ringe...bei der Hitze)
Die Pause kam viel zu schnell.
Nach der Pause war Mozart an der Reihe......und schließlich die Frühlingssonate von Beethoven.
Julien ist ein Pianist der sehr gefühlvoll spielt und mit seiner Spielweise perfekt zu David passt. Beide Musiker hatten viel Spaß und scheinen sich auch privat sehr gut zu verstehen.....ständig waren beide Musiker im Blickkontakt....
Wir ließen beide nicht von der Bühne, bevor sie 4 Zugaben gegeben hatten.
Nach dem Konzert gaben David und Julien noch Autogramme and Hunderte von Konzertbsuchern.
Im Foyer war ein Stand mit Merchandise-Artikeln aufgebaut (vom Shop auf David's website), das Programmheft wurde für 5 Euro verkauft......
(...) I love the "Frühligssonate".
David and Julien are really a great team! Julien whisperd several times to David: "Well played" *lol*
They were very strong if you took a picture... Before the encores (the 4 like on all recital-concerts) David said, now you are allowed to take pictures. But I only took a few, because I was so fascinated of his playing that I wanted to enjoy it and not to struggle with my camera.
The audience was mixed but not soo many young girls like I knew from other concerts.
After the concert you could get an autograph. David was really sweet, I asked if I could have 4 autographs for 4 pupils of me who are a big fan, and it was no problem. Thank you!
(...)There are so many impressions I could not put it in words, but I hope you understand.
LG Greenleaf , source: official forum
The show was simply amazing! The two of them are so much in harmony, just beautiful, ... a short look, that all it took. During David's solo introduction to the Tzigane Julien leaned back relaxed and observed him............ was heavenly to watch that.
Julien and David kept doing their little jokes as well. Sigh, it was so great *dreamy*
(...) The audience was totally euphoric..... thundering applause after every piece and inbetween the movements as well.....both of them enjoyed it to the max. And in the end the audienced didn't wanted to let them go.....one encore after another. Before they did the 4th encore David said "You won't get rid of me today"..... well we didn't want that anyhow so fine with us. Only after the 6th encore finally the lights went on and the show was over, (unfortunately,lol).... we could have listend on for hours more.(...)
And the biggest Thank you goes to David and Julien...... You enchanted us and brought us to tears. You are playing so perfectly together. It's sounding to wonderful! THANK YOU!
(...) Die Show war einfach unglaublich. Die beiden harmonierten so wundervoll zusammen...ein kleiner Blick hat gereicht. Bei David´s solo part hat sich Julien genüßlich zurückgelehnt und ihn beobachtet...ein himmlich wie das aussah.
Julien und David haben wie immer auch ihre kleinen Späße gemacht. Hach war das toll *träum*
(...) Das Publikum war total euphorisch....tosender Applaus nach jedem Stück und auch zwischen den Sätzen...die beiden haben es genossen. Und am Ende wollte das Publikum sie gar nicht mehr weglassen....eine Zugabe nach der anderen. Vor der 4. Zugabe meinte dann David " mich werdet ihr heute nicht mehr los"...das wollten wir auch nicht. Erst nach der 6. Zugabe ging das Licht an und die Show war leider vorbei....wir hätten noch Stunden zuhören können. (...)
Der größte Dank geht an David & Julien....ihr habt uns verzaubert und zu Tränen gerührt. Ihr spielt sooo wundervoll zusammen. Es klingt sooo traumhaft! DANKE!
Sonnenschein, source: official forum
May 16, 2010
The encores were phenomenal !!!
Hora Staccato (love this version by David - and the version that Julien does with David Aaron Carpenter is also amazing. I'd love to see all three together !!! How about it ?)
The Tzigane is magical and wonderful. It reminded me of the time I was in a flamenco club (real authentic one) in Valencia and 4 am and the gypsy violinists were going wild. David combines this vitality and passion with the classical repertoire. Just as Ravel intended.
The Mozart was superb. I wish he would do more of this, my second favourite composer after Shostakovich......
My only regret is that I didn't see much of this magnificent new violin. Where I was sitting, in the expensive seats and in row 3, I could only see the back view and only see the violin when he lifted it into the air. I think it's the bar stool that has this effect as I have sat in similar places for other violinists and it hasn't been a problem.. Never mind - I wouldn't have missed this for the world. I just have only back view pictures I'm afraid. You'll have to use your imagination......
June 7, 2010,
Berlin Dress-Rehearsal Concert
(...)Finally down and up front in the infield it actuallly felt kind of surreal. Really being so close and then we started counting cameras and I have to admit my gorge was rising. Way too many of them were standing, flying and being carried around. They were still trying out the camera crane on stage and to our disbelieve it stoped one time just like 5 feet infront of us. OMG this was def. way too close!!! Well, I knew that the rehearsal as well as the concert would be recorded, but like a dozend of cameras??? I call that visual overkill??? I tried to forget about them as much as possible to enjoy the things that were supposed to come.
Never would I have expected to see a full concert (with just a few leftouts due to lack of time (unfortunately including missing out Little Wing one of my favorites)) but it turned out to be so. Spiced with quite some fun mishaps and tongue-slips and retapes of some of the announcements it really was a great evening and wonderful concert. And as tired and exhausted as everyone on stage must have been it still appeared like everyone there on Monday had a real blast and was enjoying it to the max. Just like everyone in the audience, who were really emotionally involved and rocking along. In retrospect I think the audience on Monday was even more into it than the big crowd during the actual concert, at least during the first half.
Officially they should have finished by 10pm, but in the end it lastet till shortly after 10:30pm with a beautiful Hey Jude finale.
After getting back to the center of Berlin my adrenalin-level had dropped enough so that the exhaustion from a long day and the lack of sleep during the past days had kicked in and I decided to return directly back to my hotel, to at least get a first impression on here and then some much needed sleep.(...)
My personal highlights were, that just in time with the Michael Jackson Tribute the last rays of sunshine broke through the grey clouds that had been there all evening turning the sky into a caleidoskope of colours (really gave me the shivers) and when out of the blue during Rockin' All Over The World that front row started to act like having a long planned choreography in swaying left and right adding one more person each time and singing along (and I promise it wasn't staged at all, it just developed). But seriously, how could you not want to rock along with that song, you have to be dead not wanting to move to that song.
This is it. My view of and impressions from the rehearsal-concert. But no words can really replace the experience it self completely so all I can say is that I wished you all could have shared this special evening live and in person.
EIBEE, source: official forum
June 8, 2010,
Berlin Open-Air Concert
(...)Wie am Tag zuvor war die Show fantastisch!!! Das ganze in Worte fassen kann ich nicht...man muss es einfach erlebt haben. Es war ein besonderes Erlebnis! Wir haben gefeiert und geweint....es waren Emotionen pur. Die Band wie auch David haben voller Leidenschaft und Hingabe gespielt und hatten sichtlich Spaß auf der Bühne.(...)
(...)Like the other day the show was phantastic!!! I just can't put it into words, you just had to be there. A real special experience! We celebrated and cried.... all emotions. The band and David did play full of passion and dedication and apparently were having fun on stage.(...)
Sonnenschein, source: official forum
July 10, 2010, Wiltz - Luxembourg
Open Air Concert
I had the opportunity to attend the David's rehearsal on Friday! It was really fantastic! I have to say I already attended many rehearsals but this one was absolutely exceptional! David is unique. He collaborates with everybody, the conductor, the members of the orchestra, the first violin in such a professional and nice way like I have never seen! It was hot in the studio and the orchestra after one hour took a pause. During this pause, David kept on playing and did practice all the time, a little bit like a skier before his descent, you see... He was very concentrated... totally in the music, working on all the concerto in a few minutes. He was really fascinating! (...) I filmed this intense moment in the cadenza too! I love this marvelous moment!
The concert was absolutely great! The atmosphere during this open air in Wiltz is usually unique. It is really an "open" atmosphere. Everyone is relaxed and you can hear the birds even the train during the concerts! But yesterday, it was really stupendous, more than ever. It was very hot and on the end we had got a big storm. There were lightening and thunder! It started to rain cats and dogs while David was playing! It was amazing! Everybody was electrified by this atmosphere. The young conductor Christophe Köning was on great form and carried his orchestra at the best. Everybody on stage and the audience had great fun!
David played the Mendelssohn Concerto for violin, a wonderful concerto. He passed on so much emotion. I love the cadenza! After the intermission, we listened to many pieces from La Gaîté Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach. The conductor warmed the audience still more by asking to take part and clap in time to the music! And when David came to play Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate, the audience was very excited! It was awesome!
As encores, David played the Carnival of Venice by Niccolò Paganini. He didn't rehearse that piece with the orchestra and it was great fun because everybody in the orchestra looked very surprised! I made a video of this encore. It will be on youtube ASAP. After that, David wanted to leave but there was a standing ovation and the audience kept on clapping and clapping... David came back with his violin case on his shoulders, smiling.... he had to open his violin case, took his violin and played the Sarabande from the Partita by J.S.Bach... and he is so moving when he plays Bach...
(...) Es war eine sehr, sehr heißer Tag in Luxemburg. Ich dachte nur, die Orchestermusiker und David werden doch wohl hoffentlich nicht im Anzug spielen, dafür ist es viel zu heiß. So war es auch nicht, Die Musiker waren eher lässig im Kurzarmhemd gekleidet und auch David kam nur im Hemd mit hochgekrempelten Ärmeln.
Das Konzert begann mit einem Orchesterstück, der Ouvertüre von Mendelssohn „Sommernachtstraum“. Es war wirklich ein Sommernachtstraum, ich liebe diese Ouvertüre, besonders die Stelle der Flöten am Anfang und Ende. Das Stück ist unendlich romantisch und hat jeden auf David’s Mendelssohn Konzert eingestimmt.
Das Orchester Solistes Europeens Luxembourg hat einen neuen, jungen Dirigenten, Christoph König, der mit sehr viel Enthusiasmus und Elan dirigierte. Man merkte dem Orchester die Spielfreude deutlich an….
Endlich war David mit dem Mendelssohn Konzert an der Reihe. Er bekam tosenden Applaus als er die Bühne betrat. Ich muss sagen, das Berlin Open Air Konzert war klasse, hat Spaß gemacht, aber David bei einem klassischen Konzert zu erleben, ist noch einmal eine Steigerung.
David spielte das Mendelssohn Konzert, eines meiner Lieblingskonzerte mit soviel Emotionen, ich bin jedesmal völlig überwältigt und berührt und kann nur einfach da sitzen und zuhören. Er versetzt mich in eine andere Welt. Es war ein Open-Air Konzert, man konnte die Vögel aus dem Bäumen hinter uns ziemlich laut zwitschern hören und die Musik eines Pfadfinderlagers ein paar Hundert Meter weg….aber ich konnte das ziemlich ausblenden. Ich liebe es David zu beobachten, seine Finger, die Bogenhand zu „inspizieren“..lol…Leider, leider war das Mendelssohn Konzert viel zu früh zu Ende. Das Publikum in Luxemburg hat nicht während den Sätzen geklatscht.
Nach der Pause war das Orchester wieder an der Reihe. Auf dem Programm standen „Extraits“ aus „La Gaité Parisienne von Jaques Offenbach. Diese Extraits haben sich dann als verschiedene Märsche und Walzer entpuppt. Niemand im Publikum wusste, was noch kommt und ob das Orchester jetzt fertig ist oder nicht. Irgendwann fing Christoph König, der Dirigent an, mit der rechten Hand das Orchester und mit der linken Hand das Publikum hinter seinem Rücken zu Dirigieren und zum Mitklatschen zu animieren. Die Stimmung stieg…..
So waren wir entsprechend für David’s Zigeunerweisen „vorbereitet“. Was soll ich noch zu den Zigeunerweisen sagen, ich liebe David’s Interpretation, die Verzögerung an manchen Stellen, das Auskosten einer Pause, dann wieder die enorme Schnelligkeit, den Ausdruck, das „Rauhe“…….
Die Zuhörer hielt es nach der letzten Note nicht mehr auf den Sitzen, es wurde gejubelt, David bekam enormen Applaus. Der Dirigent und das Orchester waren begeistert….Natürlich gab es noch eine Zugabe, Carneval in Venice (der Hut, der hat 3 Ecken). In Deutschland kennt ja mittlerweile jeder dieses Stück, in Luxemburg war es ganz anders. Erstmals hatte das Orchester und der Dirigent wirklich keine Ahnung, was kommt. Dieses Stück wurde nicht geprobt!! Die „Anweisungen“ von David wurden mit Lachen vom Orchester kommentiert. Ebenso vom Publikum, welches oft laut loslachte.
Natürlich wieder riesiger Applaus……David hatte seine Geige schon eingepackt, er hatte eigentlich nichts mehr geplant, da aber niemand den Zuschauerraum verließ, wurde er nochmal zurückgeholt und kam mit dem Geigenkoffer auf die Bühne. Er legte ihn vor sich ab, kniete sich hin, packte die Geige noch einmal aus und spielte die Sarabande von Bach. Während diesem Stück fing ein furchtbares Unwetter an. Es regnete in Strömen, der Regen prasselte nur so auf das Zeltdach, es donnerte und blitzte. Aber David ließ sich nicht aus der Ruhe bringen. Aber leider geht irgendwann jedes Konzert zu Ende und wir mussten gehen…….
Birgit (immer noch überwältigt...)
(...)It was a very, very hot day in Luxembourg. I was wondering, if the musicians are really going to play in a suite, it is too hot for this. They didn't. They were dressed more casual, just with white shirts with short sleeves and also David appeared just in a shirt with pulled up sleeves.
The orchestra began with the first piece, Mendelssohn's ouverture "Summernightdream". It was really a summer night dream, I love this piece, especially the part of the flutes in the beginning and end. This piece is infinetely romantic and got everybody in the right mood for David's Mendelssohn concerto.
The orchestra Solistes Europeens Luxembourg has got a new, young conductor, Christoph König, who conducted the orchestra with a lot of enthusiasm and vigor. You could feel the joy of playing....
Finally it was David's turn with the Mendelssohn concerto. He got storming applause when entering the stage. I have to say, I loved the Berlin Open Air, it was fun, but to experience David in a classical concert in beyond words and not to increase.
The Mendelssohn concerto is one of my favorite violin-concertos, David played with so much emotion, I am always completely overwhelmed and can just sit on my seat and enjoy. He moves me to another world. It was an open-air concert, so you could hear the birds in the trees behind and the music from a boys-camp not far away....but I could switch that off.
I love to watch David, his fingers, to "inspect" his bow-hand...lol...unfortunately the Mendelssohn concerto lasted much toooooo early. This audience did not clap between the movements.
After the intermission it was time for the orchestra again. On the programme was "Extraits" from "La Gaité Parisienne" of Jaques Offenbach. These "extraits" turned out to be several marches and waltzes. Noone in the audience had an idea what comes next and if the orchestra is finished or not. Conductor Christoph König finally began to conduct the orchestra with his right hand and the audience with his left hand behind his back and to encourage to clap......the mood increased.... So we were perfectly "prepared" for David's Zigeunerweisen. What is to say to the Zigeunerweisen...I love David's interpretation, the slow-down at some parts, the savour of a short break, the enormous speed, the expression, this "roughness". The audience couldn't keep their seats after the last note, they yelled, David has got enourmous applaus. The conductor and the orchestra were thrilled.....of course there was an encore, Carneval in Venice. This piece is very well known in Germany, it was totally different in Luxembourg. The orchestra, the conductor had NO idea what do expect. This piece was not rehearsed before!! The orchestra laughed about the "instructions" of David...also the audience who yelled with laughter.Of course, storming applaus.. David had already packed his violin, he didn't plan another encore, but the audience didn't leave and he was called back. He came on stage with his violin-case, went on his knees and packed out the violin and finally played the Sarabande of Bach. During that piece a heavy thunderstorm began. It was raining cats and dogs, the rain crackled on the tent, lightning and thunder....But David did not himself get worked up..he was lost in the music.....Unfortunately every concert has come to an end and we had to leave.
September 10, 2010, Venice (Italy)
Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza
Concert with Julien Quentin
It was such a fantastic evening in such a beautiful city! Some years ago I saw David playing in Florence. He said "music always is something which has to accompany your heart and the more you are happy with the surroundings normally the better you play"!
I can say David and Julien were really very inspired in this gorgeous Venetian Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza with a splendid view on the Gran Canal! They played with such an deep intensity, such an amazing emotion. The sound of the Strad was absolutely marvelous in this beautiful room with a wood ceiling. During the second movement of the Beethoven Sonata No 5 op. 24 "The Spring", the audience was breathless. We could hear nothing else than the violin, the piano... and the David's breath... They brought us in another world.... It was splendid... so intimate... one of these moments we will keep in our mind for ever!
(...) The first half I have already written, he had to give 2 encores before the intermission. He and Julien played perfectly together, it was a joy watching them. David played with the Stradivarius, I so love the strong sound of that violin, which matched with Davids emotional playing.
The audience was not sure if they should clap between the movements, there was a shy clapping of some people .....later David said, in former years people did clap and it doesn't disturb him, so the audience clapped a bit more.
In the second half he played the famous Beethoven Spring Sonata, it was amazing. (...)