Written by Nate Robinson
Published: November 3, 2013 at 3:56 AM [UTC]
Hi everyone, I played a recital this past Monday evening, at Steinway Hall, in the beautiful headquarters of Steinway & Sons in New York City. It was nice meeting some new people in the audience (which included some violinist.com members), and seeing some old friends as well.
I found out this was one of the very last concerts in the historic building before Steinway moves its headquarters to a different location. The 88-year-old building down the block and across the street from Carnegie Hall, has been sold . It will, from my understanding, be turned into an apartment building.
I highly recommend visiting the Steinway building on 57th Street while you can (which won't be for much longer), if you are in New York.
When going inside the historic building, rather than feeling like you're in a showroom, it feels more like a museum, with the wonderful art-deco architecture (kind of like Grand Central Terminal), the numerous pianos, statues, historic photos of great artists, and paintings that line the walls. I couldn't help but be inspired while playing this recital.
Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
Here is my video of the Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, a piece that I have been working on since I was 10, and seem to never get tired of. It has been one of my favorite showpieces to play. I hope you like it!
Excellent!! Nate! Wish I could've been there for the whole thing!
From Paul Deck
Posted on November 4, 2013 at 2:21 AM
I really appreciated some of your expressive touches in the opening part of the piece. I think sometimes those opportunities are missed because the emphasis is on the fireworks later on. What else was on your program?
From Roy Sonne
Posted on November 4, 2013 at 3:57 AM
Terrific performance, Nate. Lots of style and imagination. And I'm green with envy over your staccato ;-)
I really appreciated your lack of histrionics: no swooping or swaying, or strange facial expressions, just straight-forward efficient, expressive use of the bow. Some of your slow passages had a 'vintage' sound, as if one of the old departed masters was playing.
From Karen Rile
Posted on November 4, 2013 at 3:18 PM
What a gorgeous, intelligent performance. Thanks for posting it!
Thank you Christian, Jean, Randy and Karen for watching!
Yes Randy, I try not to use too many strenuous movements when I play. Some people translate these movements or facial expressions into a more musical performance. I feel I do not do my very best playing when I move the instrument or sway like some others might do. I remember Eugene Fodor also talked about how he tried keeping his left hand and instrument, rather stationary, but not stiff, for greater ease of execution. I find this approach to fit me the best.
What beautiful and touching music! I listened to this twice already today. Your performance makes me want to dance. I also love the way you and the pianist work together on this. Thank you both so much!
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