On Sunday 3rd January I attended a piano party hosted by Josh and his wife Dara at their home. Josh’s Steinway A was built in 1918, and has been restored once. Despite its age and travel from the U.S. (including a 3-year stint in Bucharest), the piano still has a lovely singing voice. I volunteered to ‘look after’ the piano should Josh have to leave without it!
There was some tremendous playing during the course of the afternoon, including some Scriabin, Beethoven (third movement of Op.57), Chopin (bits of Ballade No. 1), Rachmaninoff, Bortkiewicz, Schubert, Brahms, Kreisler, and Ravel (‘Ondine’ from Gaspard de la Nuit). These were the ones I could remember.
This time there were two violinists. Leah and Lynnette. Leah did her Degree in Violin Performance at the Peabody, and is furthering her study at the YST Conservatory. Lynnette is of course well-known to those who attend SSO concerts.
Josh and Dara were charming hosts and very kind people. I enjoyed the afternoon immensely, even though I stumbled badly through some Beethoven.