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Steven Masi Performing Beethoven’s “Archduke” and “Ghost” Trios 

Beethoven at 250

Steven Masi, piano I Samuel Katz, violin I Barbara Mallow, cello 

Performing Beethoven’s “Archduke” and “Ghost” Trios 

SUNDAY, MARCH 1st, 4 PM  

Eric Brown Theater jccotp.org/Thumauer

Tenafly NJ 

Admission Free. Suggested Donation: $10/person

To reserve tickets: call 201-408-1466, email Thurnauer@jccotp.org or visit jccotp.org/Thumauer Reservations strongly encouraged. last year’s concert sold out.

Part of Thurnauer’s Faculty Recital Series

Supported by the Michael and Dede Le\ritt Faculty Fund; the 25th Anniversary Foculry Fund; and the Richard H. Holzer Memorial Foundation. 

BRAHMS AND BEYOND

INFODAD.COM: Family-Focused Reviews

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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