Steven Masi Performs Schubert: Music for Solo Piano
at the Puffin Cultural Forum: 20 Puffin Way in Teaneck.
Sun, Nov 22nd 2015
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
$10.00 Nonmember For tickets, call 201-836-3499
Steven Masi continues his exploration of the lyrical music of the great Franz Schubert. This opening concert of season two’s 3-concert series features works for solo piano including 3 Klavierstucke, D.946 and the Sonata in B-Flat, Opus Posthumous.
His recording of the Complete Piano Sonatas of Beethoven will be released on Albany Records early next year. His Beethoven playing has been praised internationally. English critic Colin Clarke wrote in Fanfare Magazine,
“It is not exaggerating to suggest that Masi belongs with the elite in the late sonatas, providing as satisfying an experience as the likes of Solomon, Kempff, and Pollini, for example. Each texture of this Finale, the place of every note, is carefully considered, yet the sense of exploratory, transcendent journey is profound indeed. Masi hardly seems to feel technical hurdles. It is as if everything is in the service of Beethoven.”
Now he turns his focus to Schubert, the heir of Beethoven and the nineteenth century’s first great romantic. Schubert’s music, so lyrical and tender, is extraordinarily complex. He is at once accessible and audacious. Steven Masi is one of the greatest Schubert interpreters alive.
Pianist Steven Masi, launches his series of music by Franz Schubert, with an afternoon of chamber music with guests artists, violinist Nurit Pacht, and cellist and pianist, Barbara Stein Mallow. Works to include Schubert’s Fantasie for Piano, 4-Hands, Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major; and the Trio in B-Flat for Violin, Cello and Piano. This concert will be held at the Puffin Cultural Forum, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ. To purchase tickets, call 201.836.3499. Sun, Mar 22 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 – This is the last of Beethoven’s Sonatas and his most profound statement among his piano works. A sonata in which the spiritual and earthly realms meet so movingly, it ends with a starry trill, a descent back to earth a final statement of simple eloquence.
Steven has enjoyed a long friendship and professional association with the composer Justin Dello Joio. These two etudes were commissioned by the New York Music Teachers Association and composed under the auspices of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Steven Masi premiered them in 2001 in Syracuse, New York, and the first of the two etudes is dedicated to him.
The fourth and final Scherzo has the most “scherzo-like” quality of the four. A late work, it has the elements of Chopin’s late style; startling counterpoint and and a meeting of intimacy and grandeur. The middle section is heartbreakingly beautiful.