Ginette Neveu, Gluck and Beethoven

Ginette Niveau
Ginette Niveau

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.

https://youtu.be/ThHPPOoSAwQ

Since I’d never heard of the young lady, I enquired more and found this piece by Gluck (1714 – 1787) to entertain me.

Christoph Willibald Gluck
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Beethoven
Beethoven

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!

By Strangely

Founding member of the gifted & talented band, "The Crawling Chaos" from the North-East of England.