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Several people mentioned the tone of the piano. The relatively low ceiling had something to do with this; it was certainly bright in the high register. I forget if the second piano had its lid raised, in this case, it should have been lid closed. I also don't remember if the first piano had its lid full open or partially, some sound engineering might help there.
As far as the teaching, the best was the Rachmaninoff. Gordon clearly understood the structure of the student's defect. The Chopin showed an issue with a leaky roof (technique): I don't think the lesson addressed this fully. I thought that the Bach was a little out of place, since it was 80% well prepared, not like an amateur performance at all. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Julian in the future.
0 · May 12
Anyone who is a pianist or has participated in a masterclass knows how difficult it can be to be in spotlight or have our weaknesses exposed publicly. We are so lucky to have Gorden willing to teach and share his knowledge, while having others share their homes and instruments. Glenn is always such a gracious organizer! I enjoyed all three lessons so much yesterday and appreciate the performers who played for us themselves on the line. I would urge all of you to attend these meetings with a supportive and positive spirit for the good of all. Namaste!
0 · May 12
Most enjoyable! As always, Gorden was ultra kind, supportive, insightful and helpful to those who performed. I truly appreciate the efforts of the piano students, as well, for their preparation and participation. Naomi and Steve were gracious hosts in their lovely home.
1 · May 12