I always feel the need to remind readers that when it comes to music, I can't tell you much about what's going on technically and if they missed notes, I probably wouldn't notice. I can just tell you how it affected me. I sat for over two hours in another world.
baroque cello, and there were two more cellos on the sides of the stage. After each piece, he walked off the stage with a different cello. He talked about the sound qualities of each and about the Bach cello suites which were the subject of his dissertation. He said Bach didn't write music to publish, but more for his students, and as a starting off place for performances, which were improvisations. His dissertation, he said, makes the argument that Bach's work was intended for improvisation. And that's what John did. Rather than play note for note, he approached it more like a jazz musician. And the Bach cello suites are pieces I'm reasonably familiar with having played my Rostropovich recordings many, many times. The deep sounds of his cello in that room were enchanting.
The trio - the piano and violin joined the cello - played Beethoven's Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70 #1 ("Ghost")* and it was bewitching. It was like the three musicians were one playing three instruments. Everything was so perfectly (to my ear) coordinated.
*That's what the program said anyway.
I know. I know. This sounds really gushy, but I was really into the music and so were all the people around me.
You can get an inkling of the evening in the short video sampling below. I can't believe the sound on my tiny camera is as good as it is. But it is only a vague impression of what we heard Saturday night.
Sorry, I couldn't get the color quite right in the images.