Marek Janowski leads Isabelle Faust and the RSO Berlin
From the first sounds of this recording, it has it.
I think it can be called "the grain of the voice", as Barthes referred to the peculiar ability of some artists to create meaning in voice itself, in this case though Ms. Faust's fingers, soundboard, chin, whatever and however it happens. It's been explained by Robin Markowitz that
Having been a fan of Isabelle Faust since her Bartok duets CDs, she's been a powerful presence, eschewing bombast and trickery in favor of something urgent and clean. Yet she doesn't shy away from Jimmy Page-style hearty dirt and grime when the whole show is careening forward at speed.
The support structure of the RSO Berlin and Janowski are light footed, responsive partners, giving no undue heft to the proceedings, making it a delicious juxtaposition of depth and grace.
Op. 64 Violin concerto
Marek Janowski, conductor
Isabelle Faust, soloist
from the Philharmonie Berlin
February 24, 2009
Thanks to Wolfgang for the original radio recording and upload