Last updated on September 7th, 2009
While hunting around the web for information on airplane crashes (yes, I know!), I came across this most beautiful piece of violin playing from Ginette Niveau who died 60 years ago in an Air France airplane that crashed into the side of a mountain.
It really is THE most beautiful thing to see her eyes go glassy and the intense concentration – on the conductor, and the whole ‘thing’. She is ‘in’ the piece; dans le ballon as I call it.
Since I’d never heard of the young lady, I enquired more and found this piece by Gluck (1714 – 1787) to entertain me.
And then it struck me! It’s one of my favourite Beethoven(1770 – 1827) pieces, but slowed down! So Beethoven basically heard the Gluck thing, which is what they did, then speeded it right up, different key, and added a few frilly bits and different kind of emotional changes. But in my ears, for each harmonic and ‘feel’ change, it’s the same thing. Compare and contrast. And enjoy!