Way back on 15 August 2012, I was still ‘doing the Ds’, and wrote about the gorgeous music of Antonin Dvorak. If you care to have a little pop back to that post, you will see that I discussed the limited range of his work on my iPhone. And I particularly lamented the absence of two key works which I had expected to find there.
Now fast forward to today when I arrive at the music to be listened to at the current point in my playlist. ‘Midori’ my iPhone tells me. I think ‘I have no idea what this is, but hey, let’s plunge in as usual’.
Imagine my delight when I hear the first few bars of an orchestra play – da, da, dahhhh; da da dahhhh.. and so on. It’s only, ladies and gentlemen, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A Minor – one of the two works which I was so desperate to get hold of that I put them on my wish list. How fabulous is that!
But what or who is this Midori? Good question, thanks for asking. I started to do some research. The first place I looked was the CD notes, according to which, the work is performed by the renowned soloist Tasmin Little, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vernon Handley – here‘s a link to the CD for info, although it is too old to have MP3 clips.
So I did the next obvious thing and typed ‘Midori’ into google. The first reference which came up was to a melon liqueur and cocktail. Mmmm – sounds nice, but I don’t drink alchohol and this probably doesn’t solve our particular question today. But ah-ha! The second entry related to ‘Violinist Midori’s Official Website’. Isn’t it fascinating how one thing leads to another in life. I had not heard of this performer before, but reading her website is very interesting. She is obviously highly accomplished and I will look out for her work in due course.
From the information on her various pages, it was not clear whether there was any unfortunate misreprentations on the CD. I suspect the CD is indeed the work of Ms Little and it is iTunes which has got itself a bit muddled. That can easily be corrected. Meanwhile, I am very happy to have this to listen to again much earlier than expected – here’s a YouTube version so you listen too.