A Great Cello Day 11/29/09

November 29, 2009

I had a nice day yesterday, writing an article for Japanese Newspaper, practicing piano, doing chores around our house, seeing a good movie, working out at the gym–etc. But the evening was the best part! On the way to play for a cello recital in Long Beach my ears caught a familiar name on KUSC, Desmond Hoebig, a fantastic cellist, a friend of ours from Houston time. He was a principle cellist in Houston Symphony back then. The recording  they played was from May 2008 and it was Dvorak Cello Concerto with Cleveland Orchestra where he was a principle cellist. Oh!! it is not easy to describe how great his playing was! His tone, nuance, rubato, phrasing, vibrate— everything was just right! Of course his technique is perfect! I remember he has long beautiful fingers, and I was imagining the picture of him. My 43 miles drive to Long Beach was so quick listening his cello. I was lucky to listen his live performances in Houston for several times besides the orchestra concerts, and this recording reminded me that he is one of the best cellists in the world. And his comments after the concerto was also very sweet. Bravo, Desmond!!

And I arrived at Daniel Recital Hall at California State University-Long Beach to play with a very talented young (handsome!) cellist, Daniel Smith for his recital. I was pretty much still excited after the radio show. We did the touch-up rehearsal in the hall, and waited for the perfromance. I played with him last year, and this time he had Prayer by Bloch, and Barber Sonata with me, and his solo was Britten Suite No.1. Barber is one of my favorite cello-piano pieces ever! He played so well!! I had a great time making music together. Last time was already very very good, but he got so much better since. When I was playing with him in the first half I was busy, but in the second half I sit down in the audience and listened Britten Solo Suite. It was so powerful and passionate. His tone was beautiful throughout the piece, and he had a great focus in the music. This recital was a fund raising event and I imagine many of the audience were not classic concert regulars. But every single person in the audience was still and captured by his great music making. I am still in shock after his recital. Bravo Bravo, Daniel!

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