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Thread #97258   Message #2565487
Posted By: Don Firth
12-Feb-09 - 08:10 PM
Thread Name: Lip-synching: Art or Rip-off?
Subject: RE: Lip-synching: Art or Rip-off?
Concert violin virtuoso and now teacher, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg moves a lot when she plays, including grimacing, frowning, smiling, and generally indicating that she's really into the music. Some critic gave her a ration of grief over the way she looked when playing, so in her next performance, she tried to keep from moving or making faces. She said that she listened to a tape of the concert afterwards and it was dull and lifeless compared to the way she usually plays. So she went back to her normal practice of "letting it all hang out," and she was back in the groove again. She wasn't there to please the critics, she was there to represent the composer as best she knew how, and to please the audience.

But what Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg wasn't just hopping, skipping, and dancing, she was really immersed in the emotions of what she was playing. When she literally "leans into it," it goes along with her bow strokes and what else she's doing. What she does on stage is far different from the happy-skippy dancing that I saw on the Celtic Woman show.

I think you can tell just by watching.

Don Firth