Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Heartbeats during a Rachmaninoff marathon: Yuja Wang, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, orchestra, and audience [synchrony]

From the YouTube page:

On January 28, 2023, pianist Yuja Wang joined The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall for a once-in-a-lifetime, all-Rachmaninoff marathon that featured the composer’s four piano concertos plus his “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” Throughout the performance, Wang—along with Nézet-Séguin, members of the orchestra, and concertgoers in attendance—wore devices to track their heartbeats.

Unprecedented and insanely demanding, Wang made history. These five pieces include two-and-a-half hours of music, 621 pages of score, and more than 97,000 piano notes.

Heartbeat plots, with commentary, start at about 3:15. Interesting observations throughout.

c. 10:37:

Yuja: wow that's very parallel
four yeah see you know four is extremely um integrated
like it's like playing chamber music
everything depends on each other
you know it's not I'm accompanying him
or the other way around
this is just very

Interviewer: interdependent

Yuja: yeah exactly
and everybody like the strings depends on the brass and
and I depend on the brass and strings
everybody so if one person screwed up we're all screwed
we're like in this one thing

Nézet-Séguin: we think about emotion all the time
I felt on that concert
that Yuja and I were on the same wavelength
it's very beautiful
I find it very moving

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