A big blond lad is playing a staccato when Maria stops him, saying: ‘What do you feel? Feel it with your body, not (tapping her forehead) with your head – do not hear what I am saying, I’m not talking to you, I don’t exist, you are, you are feeling now, I’m just helping you to feel something – feel it with all your being’. Then she whispers: ‘go go go’. The student plays. She stops him again and says: ’Who is saying that ? You…? Really?’ The student: ‘My brain, my sense of style when I have to play staccato’. Maria: ‘Not good’. A while later, we hear him say that playing should be about ‘giving space’. Maria: ‘Good! The space is given by time. Time…no time … all the world is mine, I don’t have to do, I just feel’.
The Brazilian pianist Caio Pagano then quotes Mahler: ‘the score is everything you need to know about the music – except the essential’.
Listen to this most interesting fragment of the great documentary : ‘Imagine… being a concert pianist’ of the BBC: