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'This is far more important than demonstrating during performance.
Music is a sharing thing; and if this comes across then audiences are also
pleased. I will be twenty shortly, and I don't wish to be arrogant
and say I want to record this, perform that. I will just wait for it to
happen and meanwhile learn all the time.' With a preference for the
romantic repertoire -- Brahms, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, etc. -- programme planning
follows suit. 'In Paris, I will begin with Bach's Second Suite,
followed by the Dutilleux Sonata, then the Kodály. Bach's music is
simple but complicated at the same time, and I can never tell which until
I start to play.'
Spending time away from playing is unthinkable to young artists. 'Of
course, we have to rest sometimes, but usually I am playing morning, afternoon
and evening as a matter of course. Perhaps a holiday is suggested, but if
my brother and I go ski-ing in the Alps during the summer, we always play
in the evenings so our instruments are there with us. It's our life!
It's no use taking a vacation and missing all those concerts.'
Times have changed since, years ago, Isaac Stern in his fifties decided
to take a sabbatical away from music for one year. 'I don't think
in ten or twenty years time I could do this. It is not possible, and I can't
imagine it. I am living in and for music all the time.'
Copyright © 18 April 2002
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
BILL NEWMAN AT THE 2001 SPOLETO FESTIVAL
BILL NEWMAN AT THE 2000 BERLIN FESTIVAL
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