So, I'll miss you all for our upcoming rehearsal-- I really hope you're all staying safe and well. But the good news is, you'll have that much more time to practice and impress me the next time we see each other! For now, really focus on just getting the Brahms flawless. But by flawless, I do not only mean that the notes should all be in place-- though they should!-- but focus on articulation, dynamics, and in the strings, making sure that your bow usage is uniform and well-executed. Watch this video of Bernstein with the Vienna Philharmonic-- strings, pay close attention to how crazy-disciplined the string sections are for bow usage-- and winds!-- look at how engaged the players are! You know when I talk about edge-of-the seat playing? The Vienna Phil is a great example.
When I see you again, I look forward to seeing a technically impressive and musically engaged reading, so that we can get to work on making it really special.
Everyone, stay healthy and safe!