To the editor of THE EAGLE:
I would like to respond to comments in The Eagle regarding the Tanglewood performances of Lang-Lang and Menachem Pressler, and I base them on my professional experience.
After graduating from Juilliard and continuing my career as a professional bass player and music educator for over 35 years, I retired and decided to study the cello and the chamber music literature. I was sitting behind the large screen in the shed and I could observe Lang-Lang. I could see and hear perfectly as I watched those fingers fly. After his performance I commented "all he needed was a large candlestick on the piano and Lang-Lang would be the classical Liberace."
I would like to preface my remarks regarding the Aug. 20 concert of Mr. Pressler in Ozawa Hall by saying that among some professionals and amateurs, pianists are frequently referred as "bangers." I have heard Mr. Pressler and have always felt that he was the king of bangers, but I was absolutely shocked by his beautiful performance.
What was reported as "pallid or indistinct behind the strings," I interpreted as an "obligato " an accompanying part in those particular passages.