MySpace is fascinating. You know how some people have a quote they live by? Some live by WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), others have all sorts of quotes. I suppose if I have any quote that serves as a guiding beacon, it would be that Rumi quote.
I adore Edvin Marton (he’s on my MySpace page, just so you can follow my line of thought, LOL). He’s a violinist from Russia who does lots of crossover, rock-style shows. I prefer my musicians to show some heart while playing; we are no longer an aural society. We are a visual one, and classical music needs to remember that.
Anyway, his playing tears my heart out. (The clip below isn’t his best; I suspect the cold from the ice had something to do with it.)
I watched this video nearly every night for months after the Olympics. Evgeny Plushenko’s performances that year were just amazing. They’re everything I strive for in music and words. Sometimes people ask me why we need so much perfection in music, in piano in particular. In art, we strive for perfection because we want nothing to get in the way of our message and the experience we’re providing.
This performance was incredible because it defines excellence for me, defines what I strive for in all art: perfection with passion. I hope you enjoy: