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Schumann's op. 54 Piano Concerto

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  1. Rami Bar-Niv

    Rami Bar-Niv Rami Bar-Niv, Pianist, Composer, Author, Teacher Piano Society Artist

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    Thanks very much, Robert, for the good words.
    I've been busy writing my piano fingering book...
    Best regards,
    Rami
     
  2. Rami Bar-Niv

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    Thanks Sarah for the good words.
    I would gladly participate in a discussion about the piece, but there's got to be one going on...
    In the meantime, here is a little funny story from a concert with Barenboim and Mehta doing the Schumann concerto with the Israel Philharmonic:
    Mehta, as he does often, walks on stage waving his hands for the orchestra to start before even stepping on the podium, thus taking Barenboim by surprise, as the concerto starts with just one orchestral "chord" before the piano solo.
    Comes 2nd movement, which starts with 4 notes piano solo before the orchestra follows with 4 notes, Barenboim takes his time throwing off Mehta's attention, making believe he's wiping his hands with a handkerchief and then in "retaliation" hardly puts down the handkerchief and starts the 2nd movement without any warning, which caused Mehta to jump out of his skin to signal the orchestra in time... Lucky for Mehta, the orchestra doesn't really need a conductor to know when to come in...
    Regards,
    Rami
     
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    That is priceless :lol:

    I suppose these two are old pals and used to pulling each other's leg. And especially when playing on home turf they can get away with anything. I'd love to have been there.
     
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    Rami Bar-Niv Rami Bar-Niv, Pianist, Composer, Author, Teacher Piano Society Artist

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    I suppose your assumptions are right.
    I also suppose that it could have been in LA or NY, just as well.
    Regards,
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    Thank you for sharing this delightful story! I would have loved to have been there for that hilarious interchange. :D

    For some reason, I'm having trouble getting my postings to show up... this is the fourth time I've submitted this comment.
     
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    That is hilarious...sounds like Barenboim took a page out of Victor Borge's book... :lol:
     

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