Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Old and the New
Arion. The soloist was David Breitman, a fortepiano player. For the second half of the concert he played as part of the orchestra. Arion is a baroque orchestra - playing on period instruments (instruments that would have been played at the time the music was composed) as well as using techniques (e.g. a different bowing style) of the time. A fortepiano is a precursor to the piano. Breitman walked out with a tablet, not a paper score. He had a foot pedal with which he advanced the pages. Of course this is easier with a fortepiano as there are no pedals on the instrument. It was an odd juxtaposition, but the music was really what it was all about - and that was lovely.