I agree with Bernard - it was the perfect, intimate setting and just what the doctor ordered for me, too!
Jeffrey - my sincere thanks to you and your family for hosting this gathering. You have a beautiful family and a beautiful piano. I was happy to enjoy the company of your good fortunes!
Your new piano and your new teacher are clearly paying off in terms of your musical development. Your entire demeanor at the piano has changed. You appear much more relaxed and confident and you sound much more musical than you did just a short while ago. I double-checked on that Bach Prelude that you are playing. I was wrong about the grade level. It is not an RCM Grade 4 Repertoire selection - it is a
Grade 5!!!!![/b] Nice going, Jeffrey!
jon-nyc and Bernard - it is such an inspiration to watch and listen to you play. I don't know if you realize how important it is for beginning students to be able to interact with more accomplished pianists. I truly value my time with you and am grateful for your patience with my questions. You enable me to learn without ever making me feel inadequate - and you are just otherwise all-around good eggs!
Jon, as Bernard mentioned, your Sonatine is amazing and I can hardly fathom your ability to play the piece with such fluidity given your travel schedule and inaccessibility to a piano for such long chuncks of time. It was also great to hear the Brahms 117/2. Once I get 117/3 down, I think I'll just have to try the 117/2. I hope that you decide to take ownership of the entire set.
Bernard, I've always admired your Brahms interpretation (I love your 118/2). This time, you also delighted me with your Beethoven. It was exquisite! You have found a way to marry your innate sensitivity and your training in Alexander Technique to create a very powerful musical experience.
Thanks, again, to everyone for a great afternoon!
. . . Linda