Monday, June 15, 2015
Return of Mr.Thornton
There is definitely a different styling of playing between Europe and America and this week we have our first (and only one since I've been at HPAC) America cello principal, a cellist in the Cleveland Orchestra. It is always a pleasure to have Brian lead the section, to have a familiar style in a country that leans towards the European tradition. And just like it is always a little funny to go home after being in Japan for awhile, it feels a little funny to sit next to a professional America player again. I've learned a lot from the European tradition here. It seems much more about singing out with your individual voice than trying to blend and play as a unit with others. There is certainly a balance. But to be reminded of how much listening and adapting goes on for an American orchestral musician is a cool thing. I feel like I have to have my antennas super attuned to what he is doing and to what he is listening. I'm hoping I can find a better sense in this next week. I think there is a whole world to learn from him.