I think “Russian tone” is a bit of a myth, as tone production depends on many factors, not only or not mainly on nationality. Kissin’s, Sokolov’s, Pletnev’s, Volodos’s, Gilels’s, Medtner’s tone are/were all quite individual and distinct despite all of them being Russian.
The good thing about piano is that is that once you’ve played at a really high level, you never really lose it, even with minimal practice. I still remember your FF from when you were 16 or 17, that was super impressive.
I think what Brew means is the capacity, not your actual status. I practiced lots in my teens, hardly at all the last 10 years. But it’s not any more difficult for me to learn a really difficult work today than it was when I was 19, and really difficult works I have once played come back relatively quickly if I begin to work on them again. But you have to practice and put in the hours, then as now.
ahahahaha TRU da 88 playin ability iz not zum zheeyat u juz magikally RETAIN once u iz at a high level
becuz tiz a zkill dat iz executed wiz rezpec to TYM.
zkillz dat haff zero to weak TYM correlation, lyk paintin or cookin or origami tru u can learn once n nevah forget. zince u can ZTOP n think about wtf it iz u iz tryin to remembah n da final rezult iz independant of da TYM taken to achieve it
zo diz iz y
when i read da ZIFF bio
da part where he iz in da army n haff not touched an 88 fo a few yrz
n iz den zuddenly zummoned to unleazh at a nazi officah party wiz 1 day to prep on a random uprite
in ma head i objectively imagine diz UNLEAZH to be a
What I meant is that once you’ve really worked out your technique, the ability to play comes back quickly. You won’t need to practise 5-6 hour a day for months to play like you did before. After a certain point, more practise usually just means you get through more rep anyway. So I would absolutely believe that da ZIFF could be unleashing difficult rep with only a few hours practice, provided it’s rep that he played before and he’s otherwise physically healthy (I believe he chose HR6 after being in a labour camp, this is pretty incredible but it is da ZIFF after all).