Angela Hewitt, you are without doubt one of the most amazing talented people I have ever come across, you played Liszt when it almost seemed the piano itself was moving with an emotional response that the whole audience was feeling. thank you so much for just being and for giving us all such an unforgettable experience.
As we had hoped to do for so long, Angela, we heard you play magnificently the second set from The Art of Fugue at the RFH last night. It was indeed the climax of a superb programme, and we were among the many who stood to applaud your performance. Thank you for deciding to follow the set with the chorale. It was like a prayer of thanksgiving and benediction. Thank you so much too for your informal introduction to that set. You cast new light on it for us. We have several recordings and now we wait impatiently for yours to be released. Your interpretation of the many voices was a triumph. Cordial greetings from us both, and best wishes as you play throughout your heavy schedule in 2013 and beyond. May the world rejoice! David & Druuske Hawkridge
Dear Angela Hewitt. Your concert in Copenhagen on the 30th of April is unforgettable. I never felt so close to Bach - as if three centuries were just a breath away. Thank You from my heart for all of your efforts and for sharing it with us... Michael Hasselgaard
Dear Angela, I remember like yesterday I bought your Bach recording that was published by DGG. Afterwards there was the Welltempered Klavier from Hyperion and then I felt blessed with each new installment that appeared in the Bach series. That you made a new recording of the Welltempered Klavier made me a little bit suspicious at first but after hearing it I was overwhelmed. I loved the subtle new freedom in tempo and those almost unnoticeable changes of "tempo within the tempo" without disrupting or distorting the always present flow in Bach. For me it greatly enhances the feeling for structure and has a very strong emotional impact. To have the potential to play the way you do is a gift. But I am filled with awe and feel an enormous respect when I consider the discipline and hard work this must take as well. I just bought the CD with the flute sonatas with Mr. Andrea Oliva and now I can't wait to hear you playing the violin sonatas (BWV 1014-1019) as soon as you can find a violinist to your liking. Thank you very much for making the lives of so many people so much richer. Kind regards, Inigo van Beurden (please delete the previous one, I copy/pasted and forgot to sign 🙂
Angela, after telling my Facebook friends about the time I saw Van Cliburn perform, I posted the following about you: Recently I watched a documentary on the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who loved Bach (as I have since childhood). The soundtrack stole my attention away from the images. Never before had a performer evoked so strongly the feelings I associate with Bach. [I had no idea when I wrote the preceding that I'd stumble on this in the NYT:] _________________ THE pianist Angela Hewitt, a wonderful Bach interpreter, once said that the greatest compliment about her playing had come from her father, who said: “I didn’t hear you. I only heard Bach.”
your tombeau de couperin is perfect. the tempos are exactly right. not too sentimental, as ravel would have wanted it; but incredibly beautiful. and so crisp! I'm smitten. thank you.
I just wanted to say how inspirational your concert was tonight at West Road Cambridge. Mila my 9 year old daughter is thrilled that you signed her CD & allowed her to be photographed with you. Not only was the concert the best concert I've ever been to but your pre-concert talk was superb. Thank you for an amazing evening, Anne, Pal and Mila
Dear Angela, A little early for holiday greetings, but hope you're well. The Debussy will most likely take six months or so to let the nuances marinate. I have versions Walter Gieseking, Dino Ciana, Tamas Vasary, and after thousands of listens I'd say Gieseking is to Debussy what you are to Bach. In other words, best in the world. I noticed someone below mentioned reviews, which I never read. My question: why on earth would you need a review? 30 seconds into an Angela Hewitt performance half the audience has eyes glistening. And I'd rather give up coffee on Sunday morning than not listen to *Les Baricades Misterieuses*. 🙂 I accidentally came across a review and it was utterly ridiculous, e.g. "business-like." My response would be "Oh, she's business-like alright. To the extent that she somehow finds time as one of the greater pianists in history to engage in a way you're not sure which you more admire: her work or her grace." I have a no-gift policy for Christmas, but my list? 🙂 I get to hear Angela Hewitt's rendition of Schubert's 21st PS, the finest piano composition ever written. When my Dad gave it to me, he cautioned: "This will haunt you. You'll search for the rest of your life trying to find something equivalent, and never find it." Congratulations, Angela. Take care. best, Jon
Dear Ms. Hewitt, A quick word to say how thrilled I am that you are coming back to Ottawa in February, 2013 - I very much look forward to that concert. I also heard that you will be giving a Masterclass at our alma mater, the Unversity of Ottawa - and will certainly also catch you there. Lastly, both my wife and daughter also wish to thank you for making Christmas shopping so easy for them - they know that my list always includes a Hewitt CD(s) - and, this year, also a DVD of the Bach Well Tempered Clavier - whereby you play the last portion of them (3 other wonderful pianists play the first three portions - however one can only marvel at the Hewitt touch and interpretation). All best wishes from Ottawa!! Luc
Thank you so much for the Goldbergs/Art of the Fugue at Le Poisson Rouge Sunday night, and for sending out rays of contrapuntal sunshine into the storm. We walked home on light feet.