Andras Schiff “The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II” Concert 10/29/12

October 31, 2012

We heard Mr. Schiff’s WTC Book I last Wednesday, and he performed Book II a week later at Disney Hall. As I was touched and moved by Book I concert I was more involved by his playing with Book II. The concert started little after 8pm, and with a regular length intermission the concert ended close to 11pm. How can  he keep focus during these hours front of audience?? And how can he enjoy music making as if he saw those preludes and fugues for the first time?? His music was never stiff. We read his writing on the program about the pedal in Bach’s music and  he did not touch the pedal at all. How can he make such a beautiful legato, singing lines, colors, etc…? Of course his fingers and body play piano, but the music comes from his mind. I was privileged to meet with Mr. Schiff, and he was so kind to give me the chance to play for him. I chose French Overture. During 1 hour with him I had an amazing time. It was my life time dream.  I did not ask questions much, but he answered my questions from how he played for me or he told me how I should play. Mr. Schiff will come back to LA on April 17 to play six French Suites and French Overture.

I had a wonderful time playing Bach at my 3 concerts last week (Aria Variatta, Partita No. 1, Italian Concerto, and French Overture) and listening Mr. Schiff’s concerts on The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I and II. After studying recent program of Bach’s music I learned so much on Italian and French influences in Bach’s music. I have one Bach concert scheduled in February, and I am thinking to bring Goldberg Variations. Each variation in Goldberg makes more sense to me now, and I understand Bach’s curiosity in Intalian and French music, and his great craftsmanship to combine them and made it to his own.

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