Something never fades: Charles Rosen, Goldberg Variations, CDs and Sony Walkman

This time, I surprised to hear the Charles Rosen playing Debussy on the flight. Debussy as an impressionist has the most beautiful water coloring notes in the history, but his color was never heavy, but just like watercolor: pure, light, and bright. If you know how impressionist dealt with color, they never “ mix” color, but just draw different color together to create very interesting visual effects. You have to stay at a certain distance to enjoy their paintings, you will feel warm from the color.  when you get closer to their paintings, so you will discover that amazing warm color is created by “dots” from “ pure color”, not mixed color. This is the impressionism. Just imagine the moonlight shining in the forest, imagine the rose floating on the river, and rain drizzling on the stones. 
Charles Rosen, I do not know who he is. The only thing I know about him is that he is an amazing pianist. His version of Goldberg Variations accompanied me through the darkest time in my life. When I was in high school, I was over stressed with the entrance exam to the college. Every night, it was his performance helps me to go to sleep. At that time, I lived in the dorm, every night I laid on the bed listening to the CD from the first variation to the last one, then I went to sleep. 
Bach’s Goldberg variations have very amazing “ meditation” effects. It has emotion, but very restricted emotion. Pianists who play it have to have very good control and very good physical condition. I only witnessed once in my life from a young pianist who wanted to challenge this work in real performance. He did very well in the first couple variations, but later, he got tired. When he got tired, the things happened were rhythms became chaos and then you just could not tell what he tried to play anymore. 
Charles Rosen had really good control in the entire work and maintain a very peaceful rhyme from the first one to the last one. Because of his calm, his performance clams me. 
Goldberg variation is also one of the representative work of JS Bach. Bach is my favorite composer. When I am getting older and older, I love Bach more and more. Bach is about math, about structural balance, is about eternity, about something never fade. No matter how many times you listen to his work, you can find something new. It is not about his work is changing. It is about he is big enough, rich enough for endless exploration. If you are familiar with the harmonies, or musical structural, Bach could do 12 different melodies at the same time and made sure that they all got along with each other. His listening skills were way beyond us. In our time, there are too many noisy, we all lost the ability to find, understand and create harmonies. 
I really wanted to listen to Charles Rosen’s CD again, but you know the new version of MacBook Pro does not have CD ROM anymore.  They believe that the electronic could replace CD eventually, maybe they are right, but you know CD is still the best way to preserve the richness of music. Digital music is catching up but still not on the same level as CDs. 
In terms of CDs, one more thing surprised me today was that my Sony Walkman still works… WAOOO, no matter how much Chinese people dislike Japanese People. Their technology on the same electronic products cannot be overlooking. Their products proved their ability. That Walkman has more than 15 years history now, but it still works as well as it was the first day. I am now happily enjoying the Goldberg Variations from a CD. I just checked out the price of the Sony Walkman. It is still as expensive as it was 15 years ago. It had not dropped the price because of the digital way of preserving music. They believe that good technology never fade. It is a kind of faith in perfectionism that supports the development of Japanese electronic products. 
In a time of consumption, I just cannot stop feeling moved by those classics, which ensures the testing of time.  

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