May 2006

Radu Lupu

May 22, 2006 22:44

hi all,

I feel sorry for hanging the wrong picture in my last entry. There are many others where I look much worse (i.e. much more like I really am). Now some of you have the wrong impression that I'm a good looking guy and that's not true (except maybe for my mother and my grandmother, or maybe they just try to be nice...)

Friday I was in Slovenia again and this time I wasn't alone. I travelled with a colleague who started learning piano together with her daughter two years ago, Pierre, a french student who plays the violin since he was 6, and Claire who sits with me in the second violin at the chamber orchestra. The trip was more exciting than it should had been because Claire forgot her documents at home, fortunately they only checked my identity card, otherwise we'd have missed the concert.
Those who are a little bit familiar with piano music might have heard of Radu Lupu. For me he is one of the greatest. While living in Germany I got his recording for Decca of Brahms Rhapsodies op. 79, op. 117, 118 and 119 and I find his playing absolutely amazing. Live it's even better! He played Schumann's forest scenes and humoresque, Schubert's sonata D960 and 2 more pieces that I couldn't recognize (sounded like Beethoven and Chopin to me...). I thought this music could only sound that perfect when coming from a studio recording with Brendel, Horowitz or Rubinstein, but I was wrong.

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Still alive! (but shaky)

May 15, 2006 08:20


it's quite a long time since I wrote for the last time. So long that now I find myself removed from the blogists column at the right hand side of the page... I deserve it!

These days have been real mad. Three concerts in two weeks, rehearsals with the chamber orchestra and more rehearsals in the music school. It happened twice already that I was alone at the first violin. It stressed me a bit at the begining but after some time you get used to it, the only problem is that it's hard to hear that there is a first violin at all.

Here is a picture of me at the church in Spittal where we played our second concert.

One week ago I had my first solo appearance at the music school. The violin students (from 6 to 28, you can guess who was 28) play once a year for parents, teachers and directors. I was a guest player because I'll enter in September, but I thought it was a good moment to start my "solo career" and Iris said it would be possitive in order to make my entrance easier, so I prepared a Haydn duo (definitely not well practiced) and had the worst musical experience of the year. I slept 3.5 hours the night before (it happens to me at least once a week that I wake up and cannot sleep any longer, so I make a lot of extra hours at work). I took 5 coffee cups during the day to keep my eyes opened at work, but as I climed on the stage to play the duo with Iris my right hand was shaking so badly that everybody noticed it. I was quite ashamed, but it's not so bad, I'll just try to sleep better next year :D

Everything else is fine. Training for marathon in september goes on and I write slowly my phd thesis every day after dinner and hope I can submit in June (Andrew, a colleague from Phoenix, promised me this morning to drive tomorrow to Darmstadt with me if I finish it tonight... I think I'll give it a try! :)

Best regards to everybody and have a nice week!

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