The last time I played any Faure I was 15.
With the high fi and my Janos Starker recording at my left,
I’d play my cello for a few measures, lift the needle, scratch it back,
and play the measures again.
At my audition, the judges said my interpretation was (strangely) remarkable,
but at All State I was way out-classed:
other cellists played Bach at breaks,
but me and the trombone player
made out in the warm up room.
(I found the old record. No wonder I had such a soaring style and melting tone!)