Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

This post is about a strange addiction to classical or serious music. I was hooked on it through my uncle, who used to keep records playing in his house all the time. We used to hate it when we were children, but repeated, passive listening (we could not help but hear it when passing) over many years lead to a gradual understanding.

My uncle himself had stumbled upon it in a rather strange way, and that too as an adult. He visited a friend one day and heard something playing on the gramophone and liked it. He would then ask for that particular record to be played whenever he visited.

Once of the pieces that held him spellbound was the Leclair Sonata No. 3, played by David Oistrakh. I am listening to that same piece (played by Szerying) and I realise what must have captured my Uncle's imagination so long ago.

It has been quite a while since I listened to classical music, chiefly because I have limited access to it now and perhaps my new found wonder in what I previously thought was a fairly nice piece may have something to do with a period of absence.

I'm also listening, with growing amazement at the beauty of Szerying's tone. Never quite appreciated the skill of a violinist before, but this has been an eye opener.
Kreisler's Tempo di Menuetto (listen from 3.15 for this piece), which he also plays on the album that I copied which is also nice.

In fact I'm listening to music almost with new ears, yes indeed absence does make the heart grow fonder.


Jerry said...

My dad does that to me. Plays em in the middle of the night. The sounds drifts over to my room too :/

It's surprising what you can find on ISOhunt.

Jack Point said...

Good for you.

One wonders how it survived without recordings, but then I suppose popular music, the 'threat' to serious music, would not have grown they way it has without the benefit of recordings and broadcast radio.

Jerry said...

There are the audiophiles with their high end record players. Then there are those of them who digitize their collections, with a few even being considerate enough to let others "borrow" their collections over torrent networks.