Sunday, September 4, 2011

Clara Rockmore



Via The Leading Tone:
Saint-Saëns - Le carnaval des animaux

XIII. Le cygne (“The swan”)

Clara Rockmore, theremin

This, undoubtedly Saint-Saëns’ most high-mileage melody, was the only movement of The Carnival of the Animals he allowed to be published in his lifetime. Rockmore makes handling the theremin look simple—but her playing is masterful, and her control of the instrument unparalleled.

Also posted at Mme. Scherzo

It would be easy to dismiss the theramin as a joke instrument, suitable only for Star Trek, but here it is played exquisitely and subtly. It is as close to singing as it gets.

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