The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (316): Yuja, learning

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (316): Yuja, learning


norman lebrecht

February 26, 2021

More than a dozen years ago, but she couldn’t have had a better tutor.


  • DML says:

    Wonderful. A couple of the YT comments suggest she (or both) are sight reading. Surely not or were commentators being facetious?

    • BruceB says:

      Surely facetious. Harrell had known this piece forever (check out his wonderful recording with Ashkenazy from 1984).

      That comment on YouTube (I only saw one) just says “imagine sight-reading this piece;” doesn’t actually say that’s what she’s doing.

    • YouTube commentary is rarely informed commentary.

      • Sheila Novitz says:

        Ooh, a bit unkind. Have you read Boris Giltburg’s notes that come with each Beethoven Sonata? I know those aren’t “comments” as such, but they are jolly well informed. There is a lot on YouTube that’s commendable.

    • Aubrey Hepburn says:

      It’s been my experience that people who don’t read music think that musicians who use a score in performance are ‘sight-reading’.

  • Croak says:

    Glorious, simply glorious. So direct, so moving and so wonderfully free of all affectation.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    What a lovely performance by both Yuja and Lynn!
    Bravi, musicisti!

  • Larry W says:

    Fabulous. Lynn at the height of his powers and Yuja at the start of her destiny.

  • Sheila Novitz says:

    I recall when Lynn Harrell and Yuja played together at a festival (I forget which one). Afterwards he said it was as though they were at one with the music, and that only the music had existed; not them, as two individuals. It was a huge compliment for Yuja, and she accepted it graciously.

  • E says:

    An absolute delight! Thank you so much for posting it.