After finishing the Reger recordings early (we were so well prepared that we got it over with in two days) I was thrilled to be able to spend an extra day home in Berlin, having a real Easter celebration with my son Janos. Sunday we just slept in for ever and ever, then afer a lush breakfast went into the park of Schloss Charlottenburg where I hid JÃ¡nos’ two little presents and some eggs. For lunch we met very dear friends from Puerto Rico at Borchardt’s – Angel and Totie Collado Schwarz came to Berlin for their friend Daniel Barenboim’s Mahler marathon. Interesting conversations about the future of Puerto Rico (statehood, own country, status quo) with a man who is not a politician but completely in love with his beautiful island, and who with his contacts could turn it around.
We attended the Vespa at St.Hedwigs-Cathedral in Berlin where the Domprobst gave a beautiful speech – even for me, rather an agnostic, very touching and fulfilling. In Germany, even though people aren’t that religious, we have many church holidays, and so we call the Monday after Easter Sunday a holiday as well – so I had to do someting holiday-like with Janos; because of my gig with Berlin Phil I had to start practising the Schumann today (after almost a year), but after 2 hours I gave up and we prepared this delicious chicken (with chili, garlic, olive oil and lemon rub), put it in the oven which I pre-scheduled to start baking at 20:15 (never did that in my life before, and it worked), drove at 4 pm 1 hour outside of Berlin to a fun-bath swimming-pool thingy, with huge slides, tons of attractions, so even I liked it, got back after 5 hours exactly when the chicken was done, had delicious dinner, and now I just read him this adorable story from the conference of the animals by Erich KÃ¤stner which he probably wrote right after the second world war (the animals were fed up with the unability of humans to finish fighting, so they do a conference in which they force the humans to reach the most pacifist agreement ever (no borders, no weapons, no wars). I love reading to him, he is so cute while listening (I am doing all these voices he is fascinated by…) –
late night whiskey with Lars Vogt in my apartment… Good night 🙂