Written by Nate Robinson
Published: November 3, 2013 at 3:56 AM [UTC]
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!
Thank you Michael! I'm glad I was able to bring you exuberance. :)
Here's a copy of the program in PDF Paul: From Nate Robinson
Posted on November 4, 2013 at 5:06 AM
Very nice playing!
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.
Best of luck and you deserve to play in other nice halls, that's for sure!
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