The Goebel experience

For the first entry of my blog I wanted to talk about something that has inspired me during the beginning of 2013. In general I will try to keep my blog as a space where to share experiences that help me to develop as an artist and as a human being.

A bit more than a week ago, I played the obbligato cello parts in the Brandenburg concertos, under the guidance of Reinhard Goebel in Helsinki, as part of the Sibelius Academy orchestral projects. Some weeks ago we had the auditions and I was lucky to be selected and get the chance to learn with the Maestro, and to enjoy one of the most fantastic musical experiences of my life. Incredible music with a wonderful artist, and fantastic mates.

The experience with Mr. Goebel could have not been better: he was very constructive, reflective and active with all of us. Obviously, the historical performance practice of baroque music during the 20th century is written by many great artists, and Reinhard Goebel is definitely one of those names. Here you can listen to his amazing rendition to Biber.

These are some pictures of the rehearsals from the aerial view of a camera installed in the ceiling of the concert hall of the Musiikkitalo, while rehearsing. The concert was very demanding, not only because of the fast tempi, trademark of Mr. Goebel (more connected to the writing, to the texture, to the harmony, to the personality of Bach, to the 6 concertos which contain the bow technique of the string instruments, than just trying to play fast as some people might think…), but also because the hall is very special and there was quite a good audience, and last but not least because of the flow during the concert, the magic atmosphere, the sense of security, the active energy, and after all, the feeling of forgetting who you are, just playing music out freely.


But those wonderful feelings would have not been possible without the help of Maestro Goebel, a living enciclopedy of Bach, a person with a very deep understanding not only of the music by Bach, but of the man behind the music, his sorrows, his frustration because his music was not understood at that time, considered out of fashion. Still, Bach knew somehow that his music would go beyond human beings, and would remain forever, he was advanced for his time, patient and considering himself as a tool of God, not arrogant or shellfish, or egocentric, just acting as a servant of a highest deity, humble and passionate.

Thanks Maestro for sharing all your knowledge and experience with us, it was a pleasure.