james : rhodes

Kaufleuten, Zürich, 18.6.2018

Sometimes one needs to get lucky : I was lucky three times yesterday. First when a working colleague of mine asked me to take off her the one concert ticket bought too many, and, seondly, to have inexpectedly discovered a musician not heard nor heard off before and third, to attend a concert which taught me that I can like classic piano too.

I appreciated the simple black T-shirt of James Rhodes, saying in big letters BACH, also on the whole, the fact that he dares playing classical music in jeans and T-shirt and above all, I do like the telling of some background information about the pieces played.

To my unschooled ears, it all sounded like a great piano-evening.

I got the CD to listen more intensely to this man who brought me Bach closer in citing him saying that music should heal the souls. The guy who told me when Chopin composed the first and the second piece we listened to that evening.  And yeah well… how the hell do you write Rachmaninoff in Russian. Didn’t have it in me to tell him the story, that I had tried to fall back on my long gone knowledge of writing in Cyrillic and made it to write it in my head. Would have been a good opening phrase to learn whether I had it right, checking on his tattoo. But once more, what does one say to someone who’s just given away his time to play music ?

An evening with James Rhodes

  • Johann Sebastian Bach : Partita Nr. 1, BWV 825
  • Frédéric Chopin
    • From the piano concertos no 1 op 11: Romance (arranged for piano solo by M. A. Balakirev)
    • Ballade no 3, op. 47
  • Sergeij Rachmaninoff
    • Prélude op. 3 no 2
    • Prélude op. 32 no 13

Encores
(relying on my memory and on the CD : Inside tracks – The mix tape)

  • Gluck : Orfeo & Eurydice – Mélodie described for the moment when Orfeo is going down into the inferno, looking for his beloved Eurydice
  • Beethoven : maybe the Sonata no 27, op 90 (?)
  • Brahms :  Lullaby

Author: a bit of everything and beyond

music lover with no aspiration to be a critique, but who gave in to a need to vent a bit online and who decided to do that on one of my hobbies, after a particularly intense concert

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