So, I went to see “Pianomania” last night, which was amazing. There were so many wonderful, interesting things about it, I can’t really hope to talk about them all. But what really stood out to me, at the end of it, was how these people actually had a language for describing what they were hearing: that they could agree on certain words to describe a particular sound… and it was great to hear that colour and shape vocabulary being used. It’s often difficult for me, as somone with synesthesia, to describe what exactly it is I’m hearing/seeing/feeling, perhaps especially to other people with synesthesia. And I always wished there was some sort of set vocabulary to describe those sensations… so, it was sort of neat to see people skirting around the edges of that.
Oh. And as I’m watching and fangirling, a pianist called Julius Drake appears on screen. And I think to myself, “That name is incredibly famili- OH! THAT’S THE ONE WHO DID WINTERREISE WITH IAN BOSTRIDGE.” But as the film went on, I starting doubting myself: “Oh, maybe it isn’t him. Maybe it’s another pianist with that name, or I’m just remembering the name wrong…”
And then suddenly, there was Ian Bostridge.
Cannot tell you how happy that made me. Seriously, this film was already basically perfection, and then my favourite tenor shows up.
(ALSO, to rollingstone17, rags-to-rickens, and confusions-masterpiece: thanks for following!)