Augustin Hadelich plays Eugene Ysaÿe | Sonata No. 5 in G Major | “L’Aurore”
So, after two viewings, I realize now that this is a love scene.
It begins just before dawn and at the close of the video, it’s bright morning sunlight. In the dusky predawn shadows Hadelich plays — foreplay — with long, soft strokes, too far apart at first, building toward something. Light comes up slowly in the window and the melody comes together gradually, satisfying slowly with tender, insistent fingers and dramatic rocking, back and forth. He holds the violin closely against his cheek, like he’s listening to it beg and whisper. By the time dawn breaks, the rhythm is steady, fast, pure song, unrelenting, and he draws out a climax as the camera finds his eyes clearly at last; he’s watching the strings, making them sing, and they’re saying, “Please, please, please!”
This is the sexiest thing I have ever watched.
I remembered this video last night. Watch it. If you aren’t blushing by the end of it, then I don’t know what to do with you.