Sunday, May 16, 2010

Two worlds

According to the explanation of Chabad Rebbeim, two ways of approaching the teachings of Baal Shem Tov exist — the emotional and the intellectual, Chagas and Chabad. Such a distinction does not imply that one lacks in intellect, while the other lacks in emotions, G-d forbid. Rather, it is a question of emphasis. One is the approach of a fiery explosion of longing. The other is the approach of internalization and direction.

To me personally, these two pieces of music (both of which I very much like) and manner of their execution by the musicians (both very famous in their respective musical worlds) illustrate these two approaches. I will not tell you which one is which, allowing you to guess for yourself. (Again, it’s not a question of liking or disliking; just the appreciation of different approaches.) Watch untill the end.

Keith Jarett, “Summertime”:

Vladimir Horowitz, Alexander Scriabin’s Etude Op. 8, no. 12:

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