Cellist Alisa Weilerstein soars through Pintscher’s modernist ‘un despertar’

Photo courtesy of Lee Snow/CSO

It’s always a treat to hear cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who has visited the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra five previous times. This weekend, Weilerstein, a champion of new music and a winner of a MacArthur “genius grant,” performed a work written for her by Matthias Pintscher.

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One thought on “Cellist Alisa Weilerstein soars through Pintscher’s modernist ‘un despertar’

  1. Dear janelle:
    Here about this sunday Afternoon. Thanks for sharing.
    These are my notes as I was close to the piano:
    – no tension
    – immediate relaxations (thinking about Alexander technique for ex)
    – soft wrist
    – economy/paucity/efficiency of movements
    – arms still
    – very small angles of finger articulations
    – soft key touch and letting key bounce back to the finger
    – spider like finger movements sometimes changing finger on a pressed note
    – so no time (in milliseconds) wasted allowing for speed
    – sensitivity to the bounce, softness of a particular piano to maximize quality of sound
    – hence velvety /“veloute”/velours legato
    – perfectly equal time for each note
    – mini/micro movements for thrills.
    – hand hovers over keys
    – soft chords letting hand fall inn controlled manner instead of banging; and after it, lifting arm and relaxing wrist
    – body quiet and arms too allowing for precision of movements

    Much technique magic work and talent

    Paule Asch


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