Dirk premiered two all-new pieces during his 25-minute programme. The first, his cello sonata, was written expressly for this event and features cellist Leather Paul; it begins at the 1:48 mark in the video. The second, starting at 9:06, is a barcarole, a traditional folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers. Dirk’s barcarole is especially dear to me, as it’s one of the first pieces of music that he’s written for me to learn on our beautiful new piano. (The one that our fans helped us buy… for which we remain eternally grateful!) I’ve gotten to the point where I’m almost ready to play it, but I’ve heard it countless times and it still brings tears to my eyes.
One other note about the video… there’s an awkward moment at the 1:28 mark where Paul, in the middle of Brahms’ cello sonata, abruptly gets up and leaves. It later became apparent that he’d broken a string and had gone to get a different cello. In the moment, though, the audience — not to mention pianist Greg Winn, and Dirk who was turning Greg’s pages — were very confused. But Greg’s response to the awkward silence was absolutely brilliant.
The first “Classic Meets Fetish” concert in 2015 sold close to 300 tickets, and this year’s sold over 800. Next year’s edition will be held in an even larger venue, and the date has already been announced: September 7, 2017. Visit classic-meets-fetish.de for details. Dirk will be there, and I hope to be too. See you there!