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Duet for Cello and Hairdo

By Leslie Kandell
Monday, August 1, 2011
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In reviews, carping about a soloist's appearance is a no-no, but in a blog more things are fair game.

The talented Alisa Weilerstein, not yet 30 years old, has already built an extraordinary career as a serious artist. Her performance of Haydn's Cello Concerto in C with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood Sunday, under Christoph Eschenbach, seemed accomplished, but her long, untied hair, going the passionate Jacqueline Dupre one better, proved a distraction to serious criticism.

It fell over her bow arm as she played, and after every phrase she placed some behind her ear. Her effusive body language increased the hair antics: It's lucky she played the bland cadenzas found when the score -- thought lost -- was rediscovered in 1961, because had she composed her own, as some do, her lengthy locks might have caught in her bow, or worse, in her mouth.

Let's hope that one gorgeous hairclip -- perhaps a gift for her 30th birthday -- will soon dump this blog post into inoperative history.

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