Anyone with an idea as to why the leader/concertmaster turns and gives a stare at his colleague at 1'05" in this Organ Symphony performance?
Why the turn?
Posted 07 July 2019 - 13:50
Romantic bit? He's making eyes at the violinist behind.
Warning to pay attention as the music is about to change?
It doesn't look like someone was playing too loudly - ie. he didn't give them a hacky look.
Posted 07 July 2019 - 14:06
I'm not good at reading expressions but this looks to me, as violinlove said, as if it were a private joke. I wouldn't have thought he would turn without a very good reason and it didn't look critical to me. My first thought was an insider joke - 'I told you that's what would happen', 'we all got it right this time, or 'that other guy finally sorted his score out'. A conspiracy in a positive way. I'm wondering what others on here think of it.
Posted 08 July 2019 - 07:45
Yes, he's smiling and she smiles back, it's all good! Thank you for reminding me of Saint-Saëns's Organ symphony though, I have not listened to it for 25+ years so will listen to it all when I have a mo!
Posted 11 July 2019 - 10:55
Yes - like EllieD, thanks for reminding me about this wonderful symphony. Love the conductor's expression at 2:59!
Posted 12 July 2019 - 14:33
Thanks for all the responses. It just seemed weird – and dare I say, a little self indulgent – for the leader to make such a gesture very publicly for a private joke. Oh well, no harm done...