One cannot bargain with Bartok.
There is no affectation and hypocrisy in Mozart.
Enescu will always stand for the Absolute through which I'm judging the others.
The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency - half tiger, half poet.
I can only think of music as something inherent in every human being - a birthright. Music coordinates mind, body and spirit.
In playing Beethoven... there is little that can be reduced to ingratiating sounds... Everything is dictated by the significance... and direction of the notes & passages themselves.
I would hate to think I am not an amature. An amateur is one who loves what he is doing. Very often, I'm afraid, the professional hates what he is doing. So, I'd rather be an amateur.
The violinist must possess the poet's gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within.
Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.