Sure, talking about this subject it is impossible to avoid the Glenn Gould brilliant GPAADAK concept.
…. But Glen not with us anymore and we have to suffer….
Listening some exceptionally powerful performances I noticed that after some of them I do not want to talk or even to see people- I want o be with my inner-myself, soaking in my sensations and sampling my new self-understanding. I remember this summer I was visiting my local New England audio guy and after listening the typical “visiting music” I decided to play something serious. I rarely play those things when I visit people but it was a worth environment, so I went after it. In 20 minutes, as the last note felt down I literally was not able to talk and it last for some quite time. Can you believe, me and completely silent!
The pint is that silence after performance is very good thing and it give a lot of room for after-coda continuation of experiencing. What however is more important that silence is not the silence itself but the assurance of the silence. This week I got an interesting demonstration. The WCRB broadcasted Leonard Slatkin leading Pittsburgh Symphony from last year with all-Rachmanonoff program. They opened the concert with Vocalise and Slatkin made an anointment before the play that the Vocalise he dedicated to the recent tragedy with Pittsburgh police and to the memory of the killed officers. In context of this dedication he explicitly asked do not applaud after the Vocalise. Then they proceeded with the Rachmanonoff piece. The play was so-so, probably more on the bad side but after the end of the work… nothing happen. That was so unexpected and so beautiful that if I were in that Heinz Hall I would with great pleasure sit there for 10-15 minutes, BTW that way how Mahler intended after his Resurrection’s Allegro Maestoso.
Music listening turned into circus and this is very unfortunate. Home playback is a good way to fight it….THe Cat
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche