Dear Tony Chen Lin
Every now and then, usually years apart, I encounter a performance that goes straight to my heart and which seems to inhabit my soul. Today, yours was one such.
Everything was overwhelming, and I’m so glad that you retained all four works from your Chamber Music NZ tour in this Christchurch programme. By the middle of the first movement of the Janáček Sonata, the tears were flowing.
Then, at that rapturous opening of Schumann’s Fantasie, my heart was in my throat!
After the second movement I wondered if others in the audience thought it all as special as I did.
The standing ovation answered my question. In other parts of the world such a performance would have inspired the audience to extend their appreciation for many minutes longer; I’m sorry that we are more restrained in Christchurch.
The only other time that I have encountered a live performance of the Schumann was in the same hall from Hungarian ...continued