A bit homesick for Germany
Last Sunday, I went to listen in to Matthias Kirschnereit's master class. It was a wonderful class full of inspiring advice to students, but what most impressed me was the way he conjured up images of Germany. Come to think about it, I can't recall any other pianists' lessons that would actually make one feel being taken away to Germany. It gave me a strange sensation going back and forth between the past and the present.
A pro pos,"past and present", the agent invited us to a typical Japanese farewell dinner at this tiny, cosy, typical Japanese sake place . On the Main Street , you had high skyscrapers everywhere, with bright neon lights and young people everywhere, but once you step in a small alley, you are thrown back to the Showa Era ( about 34 years ago). The contrast was so amazing .
And this is what classical musicians do everyday...