An approach that applies the weight of the arm is essential to a beautiful 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” Piano Practice
How to practice keeping your hand loose and flexible at the piano keyboard.
This tutorial shot at Prime Piano in Mahwah, NJ
Piano tutorial on the pauses between the notes.
“The pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides. “ – Artur Schnabel
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.
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
Sunday, January 7, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
KAPLEN JCC ON THE PALISADES ERIC BROWN THEATER
411 EAST CLINTON AVENUE
TENAFLY, NJ 07670
Join Thurnauer faculty pianist, Steven Masi, in a special concert celebrating his 65th birthday. Mr. Masi will perform two great piano concertos, Mozart’s Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58. He will be joined by an all-star orchestra of friends, including Thurnauer colleagues and alumni and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus, conducted by Diego Garcia. Reception to follow Steven Masi Concert.
Steven Masi Performs Schubert: Music for Solo Piano
|Sun, Nov 22nd 2015
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
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.