Tonight was our first concert with Jonathan Cohen, playing Handel, Bach, Mozart & Haydn with Violons du Roy.
It is now late I am too tired to write a lot, but I have to say something about this experience.
It is always a revelation of some kind to play with Violons du Roy. They are so serious, so loving, so fun. Since Bernard has been ill and now recovering, there have been many guest conductors and I have met a few when I come as guest principal bassoonist.
I love playing with VdeR, but whenever I return to any orchestra after an extended run of solo playing (just finished a Maritime tour with my chamber group THREE), I always worry about the transition from speaking in a solo voice to singing in the chorus.
And sometimes, as my friend Valdy, says, playing classical orchestral music makes me feel like I’m being shot at.
But not this week.
Tonight, as we all left the stage, I was surrounded by musicians talking, laughing, walking with buoyant steps. More than one musician said they would like to play the concert again, i.e. tonight! And then our excellent second horn, Louis-Pierre Bergeron, said something like, “ wow, it’s easy to play music!” and we laughed, because, despite the very high standards and the striving, it WAS easy tonight.
Jonathan Cohen sat at the keyboard, supplying continuo and gesturing fluidly and alertly and transmitting, listening, floating and guiding the musicians in a way that I am at a loss to describe yet which each and every musician recognizes as the real thing, immediate, and absolutely natural. The kind of natural that is born of an alert mind and exquisite craft, honing of skills and thoughts.
I could say more but I really have to go to sleep as we are going to play the same concert in Montreal tomorrow at the Salle Bourgie (October 16, 2015). If you can come, you will be very happy that you did. I know that I am.