I had the good fortune to see you perform at the Chan Center in Vancouver, BC April 15/05. It was an absolutely mind-shattering experience! From the opening notes to the very end I spent most of the evening hovering on the edge of my seat, hanging onto every note. The combination of your conducting and soloing was one of the most innovative and moving experiences I have had at a concert in a long time; perhaps ever. I purchased the entire Well- Tempered Clavier and was thrilled to find you signing CD's after the concert. Your graciousness after what must have been quite a tiring performance was greatly appreciated. I listened to the CD's as I made my way up Vancouver Island the next morning and found myself, at many points, travelling through a blur of tears. You dance through Bach in a way that the rest of us can only dream about. I am awed and humbled by your tenacity and dedication to such a vast and intricate work. You are an inspiration and I hope to attend many more of your performances in the future.
Hello there! In January I went to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to hear and see you perform BWV988. I had not heard the Variations before but I was sure that the recital was going to be a stellar performance because I had already seen you live once with the NAC Orchestra, and it was an astonishing vista (I would describe your playing as 'God-like'). Well, that evening you took my breath away again. But, because I had only brought enough money to pay for my ticket, I couldn't buy any of your CDs that were on sale there. So after you finished, I ran out of the NAC and caught a bus home to get my wallet, then bussed BACK to the NAC as fast as I could, but, when I got there the Goldberg was sold out already (obviously). So, I had missed my chance to meet you and to buy an amazing CD. I was actually quite frustrated. So then I had to go to CD Warehouse in Ottawa to obtain it, and have been listening to it like every day since. My favourite would have to be Variation No. 20 - it is simply a God-like interpretation. I am also planning on buying most of your other Bach recordings, seeing as how he is my favourite composer. Also...also... I think your stage presence is mighty impressive. Maybe you'll perform in Ottawa again some time, so I can finally meet you - I see your tour is quite extensive (it must be the most awesome thing to go around touring the world as a classical virtuoso). Hail Hewitt! You have been an inspiration to further my own musicality. Bye now!
I recently read Ian Ewen's "Saturday" in which he mentions your name more than once and am quite intrigued. I hope to come see you at one of the two Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concerts which you are conducting at the Chan Centre this weekend. The acoustics at Chan Centre, University of British Columbia, should be perfect for your piano programme - hopefully you will find the venue just as delightful as the famed Carnegie Hall! After all, there will be no distant trains hums. Cheers, from the West Coast, Canada.
Dear Angela I've had a wonderful time with your recording of the Chopin Nocturnes, which for me has transformed them into completely different music. So thank you. I just wonder if you had thought about doing a similar miracle with the Mazurkas. There's no really good recording of the whole set at the moment. Waiting hopefully!
Hi Angela, I am delighted that you have provided us with such wonderful Bach! I have been listening heavily to your English Suites and I am greatly looking forward to soon buying the Goldberg variations and the "Italian Concerto" discs, as well as anxiously awaiting release of of the keyboard concertos. I hope you come play in San Francisco again soon, as I missed your recital last time you were here. Thanks again for the wonderful recordings you've done!
Hello Angela, To-day I listened to your interview with Shelagh Rogers on CBC prior to your Carnegie Hall recital. Wishing you the best. With the concern about classical (notated) music and its future I think Charles Rosen was correct in saying that it will die if there are no musicians who love and play it. We are happy that you bring life to music. Hope to see and hear your next visit to Toronto. Best Wishes Brian
Hello Angela, I was delighted to listen to your converstion with Shelagh Rogers this morning. Your laugh and sense of humour are wonderful and your energy and commitment inspiring. Congratulations on your Juno and best wishes for tonight at Carnegie. Kindest regards Jean-Claude
Best of luck on the Carnegie Hall concert. I'm listening to you talking with Shelagh Rogers this morning, and am very much enjoying hearing your music. The website is superb, and it's a great way of learning something about you. I hope your FESTIVAL this summer is a success!
Dear Angela, Just attended your concert in St. Paul yesterday afternoon and introduced myself to you after the concert...I wish to reiterate my statement that I feel so blessed that God allowed me to live long enough to hear you play live in concert! I have enjoyed your recordings so very much since being introduced to your work about a year ago...what can I say that you have not already heard in superlatives on your great artistic gift?...thank you for all the pleasure and inspiration you have brought to my life through your exquisite interpretations of fabulous repertoire...I hope to hear you again soon... God bless you for sharing your gift with the world! Very kindest regards, Warren Petryk Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
Dear Ms Hewitt I was introduced to the Goldberg Variations (and Bach's keyboard music)by your recording and have subsequently bought a number of your other Bach recordings on Hyperion (2 of my other favourites being Book 2 and the Partitas). I rave about your playing to anyone who will give me half an ear! Two questions: First, any plans to visit NZ (knowing you were so close recently with your Australian visit has tormented me (by the way, your concert with the ACO in Adelaide & interview with ABC was rebroadcast on NZ radio last week, and was as good as expected))? Second, any plans to record The Art of Fugue? Kind regards Paul Windeatt