I watched at Edicson Ruiz's interpretation of the Koussevitzky Concerto again to see if I liked it better now. I did, but it still didn't sit well with me. Here's my take on it: Mr. Ruiz slides way too much for my tastes. Unlike some, I don't think sliding is wrong - it has it's place at the right moments. But Mr. Ruiz uses the slide way too liberally.
His sound is nice for the most part, but I wish it was a bit more cutting in a lot of sections. While you may love your sound up close, the audience hears something else completely. This is especially true with the bass. A bass that you make sound fat and rich to your own ears probably sounds tubby and unfocused out in the audience. Which is why the bass is a great orchestral instruments, but no so much a solo instrument UNLESS the bassist can make his bass not only sing, but also cut with clarity through the sound of the orchestra and into the audience's ears. That's my take on it.
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