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Leonard Elschenbroich

Friday, 10 January 2014

Christoph Eschenbach had some sage words for the German cellist

Sometimes the fear of not sticking to the detail infringes on our creativity

When rehearsing some Schumann pieces with conductor Christoph Eschenbach, I realised I was doing something that wasn’t written in the music. He seemed to be encouraging it, so after the rehearsal I asked him whether this was allowed.

With a very disappointed look on his face he said: ‘But Leonard, anything is allowed.’ With all credit to being true to the score, sometimes the fear of not sticking to the detail infringes on our creativity and makes it hard to capture the gesture and the meaning of a work. Being told this by someone such as Eschenbach gave me the confidence to listen to my intuition more – just every now and then.

Photo: Felix Broede

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