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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

Yup - congrats to him. And that was a great performance. . .

. . . of Schumann's thrilling Adagio and Allegro in the video clip! I've played the piano part of that piece a number of times myself, and I loved Cooper's straight-ahead approach to the Allegro. Unfortunately, I've mostly been playing it recently with cellists, who also claim the work but who just can't compete with the deep, burnished sonority of the French Horn - Schumann had such a great sense for exactly the kinds of musical figures so perfectly suited to the horn, and the music just doesn't really cut it with the cello IMHO. Add to that the fact that some performers introduce an insipid rubato to the initial (main) theme of the Allegro and it's all too easy to encounter performances which rob the music of its essential "thrilled to the sky" nature.

So, once again, congratulations to David Cooper on his new position in the BPO and his excellent performance in the video clip!


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  • Yup - congrats to him. And that was a great performance. . . - Chris from Lafayette 11:05:16 05/24/17 (0)

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