Happy birthday from me, too!
It sounds like you have had a wonderful and musical birthday.
They are extremely impressive, and it's obvious you have spent a lot of time and work on these (and have an excellent talent for interpreting them
Oh, I'm much flattered to receive such a compliment from you, Sarah
However, interpreting them required me to do a lot of thinking, indeed. Especially on the Preludio I tried several different approaches and made many experiments. And about the opening I always had your advice (*Let the music breathing!*) on my mind and asked myself continuously how to realize it. Besides, I wanted to give every single moment of this piece a meaning which I could agree with. I had difficulties with some spots, and I even blamed Rachmaninov for his composition
the Preludio has a beautifully coherent, logical flow to it, and the interpretation was vital and healthy.
That was the very response which I want to get from a listener! Even though this take has a lot ugly slips (I just listened to it to confirm that every link is ok and every slip seems to stab me in the heart
I cannot believe how I could make so many after such a long practice...), I chose this one among uncountable many takes (that Preludio ate up a couple of giga byte on my SD card
) because like you also I got such an impression of vitality and proper energy from it.
The slips didn't bother me at all.
That proves your open mind and kind heart
Was the Bernstein book a recent read for you? Just a month or two ago I purchased that book, and it now stays under my pillow for me to read often... what a genius teacher he is! I have learned so much from it.
I'm happy that you have and like the book, too! One of my friends lent it to me a few years ago, saying "You'll play the piano one hundred times better after having read this book!" I didn't read the whole book yet (I bought me an used book afterwards, though), so I cannot say his prediction was correct or not
(At the end of the day he cannot play the piano!!! He is just an amature clarinettist...). Anyway I was very impressed by the enthusiam of the author toward his amature pupils. That was my main motivation to purchase the book for myself.