pianolady wrote:I guess I could go on Youtube to try to find something I like, but I wouldn’t know where to start.
But that's the easiest part. Just follow YT's recommendations. It knows pretty much what you taste is after a while. I find this a most fantastic feature. Also, subscribe to any channels you've found something good on. Many of these are gold mines. Lastly, be inquisitive and listen to all and anything you have not heard before, *especially* the names you do not know about. Like yesterday I happened on this awesome piece by Pancho Vladigerov's son: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xepw5ug291Y
This is one of the many channels (fyrexia) holding countless surprises.
I recognize that. Every now and then I take a break from preparing recordings and just take random books out to revisit things. It is al;ways very refreshing. It is a pitye that a lot of pieces just fade out of your life once recorded, but one can't keep playing everything. The joy of discovering new things amply compensates.pianolady wrote:And now as I sit and think about this, I realize that I never sit down at the piano and play just for myself anymore. I mean, I don’t just sit there and play anything. It’s always music I’m working on. I never go back to formerly-learned pieces unless they need to be re-worked. Is this bad? Am I so bent on producing recordings that I’ve forgotten how to play for just the sheer joy of making nice music?