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Silverstein and Bach


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Published: January 24, 2005 at 7:34 PM [UTC]

Here I am New York all white after a weekend of snow. the un shining and Central Prk calling my name to take a stroll in it and enjoy its beauty. However my body has decided it doesn't like this cold and I have been in bed with 102 fever for two days now.
Talking about bad timing, I have had to cancel three rehearsals sofar, and I am still debating how to get myself to eartraining later today. I can not afford to miss any classes, especially after missing last friday's class, which I had just forgotten about.

But being in Ilya's appartment has proven to be a nice place to be sick. He has incredible recordings, and I was so happy to see Mr. Silverstein's Bach recordings. Joseph Silverstein has been a great influence on how I play and think about Bach. I remember having some lessons with him at the Verbier Festivalwhere he really encouraged m o start thinking outside of the box. It was my first encounter of real romantic violinist (his sound is so sweet) who had had done true research into Baroque playing and ornamenting and came up with his own uniue interpretation. And he helped me find my voice in Bach. Often I still don't know what or how, but Mr. Silverstein made me curious to all the different opinions out there and I am very greatful for that. Before that I just thaught, I am a romantic violinist, this is how I am supposed to play Bach. If I were a baroque violinist I would not play it like that, but I am not...
Actually I really appreciate Ilya's (Gringolt) recording of the Bach as well, just because of that. The fantasy he uses, is really incredible.

Tomorrow I have my first lesson with Mr. Perlman, I'm excited about it! And I also finally have a place to live. It is a little bit more expensive than I wanted, but herefor I will have my own bathroom, which is nice. It is right around Columbia UNiversity, so lots of cool places to eat and hang out, a library right around the corner and only a 10 minute ride from Juilliard. I was already afraid I would not find anything at all!

Wel,, I retreating back to bed with some hot tea with honey and another vitamine c pill. Hope to write you soon in better spirits!

From nate r
Posted on January 24, 2005 at 10:06 PM
Yeah I agree with you Carla on Silverstein. He is a very fine violinist..I never heard his Bach though, I'll have to check it out. Another interesting recording of Bach that you might want to check out if you have not already are the recordings of Arnold Steinhardt..

Hope you feel better!

From Carla Leurs
Posted on January 25, 2005 at 1:03 AM
Thanks Nate. I don't know Steinhardt's recordings, but I'll definetly check it out from the library to take with me on my endless long plane trip to Russia (and I guess I have another 8 hours on train there, so if you hav more recording suggestions, I certainly will have the time to listen!)
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on January 25, 2005 at 4:12 AM
It's great fun to google your name and read all the things you're doing. It's like looking at pictures of someone's vacation. Enjoy! I have some questions about things I've read in your blog I want to ask sometime.
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on January 25, 2005 at 8:23 AM
Carla, you write so well with a temperature of 102. I hope that very soon you'll feel much better.

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