Andras Schiff – J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations CD from 2003 and my Goldberg Journey 9/13/11

September 13, 2011

I am about to launch my first Goldberg journey (it refers CD note Schiff wrote for this CD!).  I have been studying and practicing on this monumental work since January, and spent most of my time this summer. I am excited and nervous, I am very looking forward and feared. The truth is I am very fortunate to have this opportunity to live with Goldberg. I go to piano every day with joy and (suffer!). During the course of study I read many books about Bach and listened many CDs of Goldberg. Some helped and some did not help. I was busy packing and unpacking my luggage for the voyage (it means I was trying out different fingerings at cross hands in this piece ! Goldberg can be super acrobatic to play on piano because it was written for 2 manual harpsichord. Imagine hands crossing and tangling on piano—. It is a different fire than playing Liszt!). My voyage is coming up soon.

I already confessed before that Mr. Schiff is my piano hero! I met him very briefly in LA during his dress rehearsal with LA Phil, and I have attended most of his concerts in LA. This CD presents not only amazing piano playing in many aspects , but also Schiff’s fresh and improvisatory music making. This CD helped me to understand Goldberg to the next level, and helped me not trapped in the difficulty of complexity. Also I enjoy reading his witty CD notes. I hope to have an opportunity to chat over Goldberg with Mr. Schiff some day.

My first concert with Goldberg will be on Saturday September 24 at 7:30pm in Bird Studio at Occidental College where I teach, and then at Los Angeles Bach Festival on Saturday October 22 in the evening at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.  At Bach Festival I will perform under candle lights. I think the venue will be filled with candles. Then Goldberg journey will continue to Florida and Japan. I will live with Goldberg for a while, and I am very lucky to be in this position.

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