Elegy by James Biery
Elegy for Violin and Organ by James Biery
Performance by violinist Zlata Brouwer and organist Kees de Keyzer
This Elegy is a beautiful dreamy slow piece that will hopefully help you relax in these crazy times.
Violinist Zlata plays:
- Antique German violin
- Arcus S9 round violin bow
- Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold violin strings
- Pirastro No 1 E string for violin (soft)
Behind the scenes story
Recording it however was all but relaxed. We didn’t rehearse beforehand as Kees and I don’t really live near each other, so we only had a couple of play throughs on the day of the recording. My husband thought it to be a good idea to make it a family trip and bring the kids along. In the church in which we would record there was sort of a children playroom outside of the main hall. But… the central heating was broken and it was a cold day. The hall was heated just a little bit and the playroom was freezing.
So… there we were: my husband trying to sooth the kids in the main hall and me playing freezing (try vibrato with stiff fingers), not comfortable standing in my third trimester pregnancy and stressed out about the whole situation and the multiple shots we had to take as we were constantly interrupted. Oh, and the autofocus of the camera ran wild (sorry for that, saving up for a new camera as we speak).
Sometimes challenging circumstances give a better result, so I hope that listening to this recording is a more pleasant experience than recording it, hahaha!