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BRAHMS AND BEYOND

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Brahmsown later pieces, however, often have a succinctness that in no way reduces their communicative potential. In particular, his final four works for solo piano, Opp. 116-119, are intimate, personal, nostalgic, mostly quiet, and very much unlike his earlier, expansive, virtuosic and large-scale piano music. Pianist Steven Masi uses this fact to excellent effect on a new Navona CD on which he plays BrahmsOp. 117 and Op. 118 – plus two contemporary pieces that are responses to and commentaries upon Brahmsmusic. This could easily degenerate into an exchange of consonance for dissonance, a set of variations unrecognizable in their relationship to Brahmsoriginal material, or some other form of tribute” that would be self-aggrandizing and would not elucidate anything. But that is not what happens here, thanks to the Continue reading BRAHMS AND BEYOND

The Winnipeg Free Press Review of Brahmsiana

CLASSICAL

Brahmsiana
Music by and Inspired by Brahms
Steven Masi piano (Navona Records)

This unique release celebrates the highly introspective solo piano music of Johannes Brahms, as well as the ties that bind across the ages, with two new contemporary works inspired by the late romantic composer included as paired “companion pieces.” Continue reading The Winnipeg Free Press Review of Brahmsiana

Cinemusical Review of Brahmsiana

Brahmsiana: Music by and Inspired By Brahms
Steven Masi, piano
Navona Records 6260
Total Time:  78:26
Recording:   ****/****
Performance: ****/****

Steven Masi has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  More recently he undertook a massive project of recording all of Beethoven’s sonatas which was well-received.  For this program, he has paired two modern works with their own roots connected to two of Brahms’ memorable piano collections (Op. 117, and 118).  The sense of looking back and reflecting on one’s place in history is something which thematically links all four works on this new release. Continue reading Cinemusical Review of Brahmsiana

Madly Mozart Steven Masi Concert May 13 2018

Mozart Concert with Steven Masi

Madly Mozart

May 13, 2018

Steven Masi, piano
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, May 13, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

program:
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik
MOZART Divertimento, K. 131
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459

Born in Salzburg in 1756, little ‘Wolfie’ — baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart — was destined for immortality from the start. Out of the composer’s vast repertoire, we’re delighted to present three favorites. The concert begins with the engaging Eine kleine Nachtmusik, followed by the delightful Divertimento for woodwinds, four French Horns, and strings. We finish with one of Mozart’s magnificent later piano concertos performed by the gifted soloist, Steven Masi. Mozart’s works demand continuous perfection, yet BCO will try three-in-a-row… we must be mad!
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Steven Masi Introduction Piano Video Tutorials

Welcome to series one of my brief talks about the many aspects of piano playing.

The series one videos are as follows:

  • An approach that applies the weight of the arm is essential to a beautiful piano sound. Not only is the playing more more varied in texture, but also more supple and free of fatigue and physical pain.
  • “The tender inward of thy hand.” How to practice keeping your hand loose and flexible at the keyboard.
  •  Using Schumann’s Arabesque to learn how to project an upper cantabile line while balancing two supporting lines.
  •  Looking at a Beethoven Sonata to contrast a “from the key” legato touch with a more eighteenth century “pearly” touch.
  •  “The pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides. “ – Artur Schnabel