Master class with Paul Katz at the Steans Institute of Music, Ravinia Festival, 2018.
- You can achieve a large scale nobility without overplaying – Forte is Brahms’ loudest marking.
- During this time of his life Brahms was preoccupied with composing song, so remember the Cantabile nature of the work.
- Focus on the mystery, the calm, the interpretive variety that comes from the soft dynamics.
- Brahms wrote long slurs – take more bows when necessary, but don’t accent changes.