Steven Masi Introduction Piano Video Tutorials

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

The upcoming 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

Mozart’s Piano Concertos classes with Steven Masi

Mozart’s Piano Concertos

with Steven Masi, Faculty Member of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music
Few composers inspire as much love and affection as Mozart. His music speaks to us and elevates what we all feel in profound ways. In this class, focusing on the piano concertos, we will explore the complex world of the Salzburg genius
 LIFELONG LEARNING
3 times on Thursdays 
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Apr 26 – May 10
$45.00 Member
$54.00 Public
40MUMZ00W8
For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1496.

Location:

Classical Interludes: Steven Masi Concert

Sun, Mar 4,  2018    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  

This Concert Was Moved to April 22nd

Masi concludes an eight-part concert cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

Children under the age of six will not be admitted to this program.

Classical Interludes is made possible in part with support from Dr. J, James J. O’Toole and many generous individuals, as well as public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Classical Interludes: Steven Masi Concert Feb 18

Steven Masi Review of Beethoven Piano Sonatas by Marc Medwin

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonatas Nos.1-32    Steven Masi (pn)  ●  ALBANY TROY1661 (10 CDs: 674:38)

 

It’s been quite a season for Beethoven piano music enthusiasts. In the past several months, we’ve witnessed the completion of sonata cycles by Pavali Jumpannen and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, not to mention the epic conclusion of Ronald Brautigam’s survey of Beethoven’s complete solo piano works. Then, there was the fruition of a set with whose performer, Steven Masi, I had been absolutely unfamiliar but with which I’ve been having the pleasure of new acquaintance. What sets Masi’s set apart from the others is a sense of voyage, a kind of spontaneous approach to each sonata that charts a singular path of progression through a series of pieces that, all too often, can come off sounding glib, affected or some uneasy combination of both.

By way of transparency, let me offer a bit of reviewer context. Maybe it needn’t be said, but, as with most things of enduring quality, there is no best Beethoven sonata cycle. In the right hands, much interpretive freedom can lead to new insight and experience for the listener open to hearing it, from the smallest details of color and structure to the vast architectural principles Beethoven learned, expanded and ultimately destroyed and redesigned. For me, the journey has become paramount in importance, and if the performer can document a personal vision of that journey, as Masi does, so much the better. Continue reading Steven Masi Review of Beethoven Piano Sonatas by Marc Medwin