W e had begun somewhat glutinously with Eugene Ormandy's syrupy arrangement of Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, and there were questions about the composer's Double Violin Concerto (heavy with vibrato, inaudible harpsichord, and even portamenti
from some of the various soloists).
In Friedrich Grutzmacher's published editions, for example, the abundance of portamenti
reveals little that is specific about how they might have been executed in performance.
No me gustan: portamenti
en camara lenta, espagueti sonambulo, musica que parece estarse derritiendo.
Make a turn or a shake or an appoggiatura as they do; make your portamenti
as lightly, as delicately, and with as much reticence.
All the portamenti
and rubati might sound old-fashioned to some, but I regret the pendulum has swung too much away from such qualities.
That he succeeded in doing so was quite evident, and I'm willing to grant a waiver for Oliveira's rhythmic liberties, greater use of portamenti
than I like, and a few moments of less-than-perfect intonation.
Here the WNO woodwind in particular shone, while string portamenti
in the central trio added to the captivating rusticity of the movement.
Assegnasi le cause de'suoi rei portamenti
verso Santa Chiesa et soggiungonsi alcuni rimedij a tanti mali.
A facade of notational detail, he notes, may serve to obfuscate the significance of subtle unwritten aspects of performance--nuances such as portamenti
and ornamental vibrato--that were arguably essential to this past musical soundscape.
First, the ambitus of the glissandi is very small (this is also the case in Mikka, but it is not the general case), producing in fact what the tradition calls portamenti
rather than glissandi.
Waley-Cohen doesn't just produce a radiant, singing tone when letting the melody stream out, though she certainly did that, shaping Mendelssohn's opening solo like a song without words, and inflecting it with little portamenti
and tiny, natural touches of rubato.