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Feb

11

Gramophone Review (Feb. 2011)

Posted in Music by Robert Henry

My debut recording, Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz, has just received a wonderful, featured review from Gramophone Magazine (Feb. 2011):

Robert Henry’s lyricism hits the mark

Pianist Robert Henry appears to be an artist whose strong points are sensitivity and lyricism, and this mostly Nocturnes programme certainly reveals these traits to strong advantage. Inner voices decisively sing out and project in the two Chopin Op 62 Nocturnes, although, by contrast, Op 27 No 2, the Respighi Notturno and the ubiquitous Liszt A-flat Liebestraume have more than a few muffled, overpedalled moments. Henry’s cogent shaping of the Grieg Op 54 No 4 Nocturne’s bass lines reinforce this music’s often ignored backbone, while the two Faure Nocturnes boast welcome dynamism and power. Henry is right at home in the Liebermann and Stanchinsky Nocturnes, both of which feature turbulent middle sections that best reveal each composer’s individual voice. Given Henry’s excellence elsewhere, I was surprised by the Field A major Nocturne’s relatively wooden and prosaic interpretation. However, Henry saves his most rapturous and texturally refined playing for his own transcription of Chet Atkins’s Waltz for the Lonely. If you’ve always wanted to know what “Nashville Meets Godowsky” sounds like, savour this absolutely enchanting track, as I did about a dozen times before writing this review! — Jed Distler

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Dec

10

Transcription Teaser

Posted in Music by Robert Henry

From the Feb 2011 Gramophone Magazine review: “Henry saves his most rapturous and texturally refined playing for his own transcription of Chet Atkins’ Waltz for the Lonely.  If you ever wanted to know what “Nashville Meets Godowsky” sounds like, savour this absolutely enchanting track, as I did about a dozen times before writing this review!”

Many people have been asking when my transcription of Waltz for the Lonely, by Chet Atkins, will be published.  The answer is: very soon!

To whet your appetite, here is a page from the transcription, along with some revisions I’ve sent to Philip.

This transcription, along with the world premiere recording of Alexei Stanchinsky’s forgotten Nocturne from 1907, can be found on my debut recording, “Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz.”

Oct

15

Webcam Lessons Available – Worldwide

Posted in Music by Robert Henry

Have you ever talked to a friend or relative via Skype?  Via webcam?  Using the interwebs?

Well, that same techmology allows us to work together as musicians — as teacher and student — from literally anywhere in the world.

Many universities and conservatories make use of webcam instruction.

As an Atlanta-based pianist and teacher, I think it’s pretty amazing to be at home in the mountains of north Georgia and give a lesson to someone in Germany.

Yes, the internet is full of all kinds of craziness, but come, let us reason together.  As the phoenix doth rise out of the ashes, so shall we  — with piano lessons over a webcam!

All joking aside, this is a great way to have regular lessons or an occasional coaching.  Maybe you’d like to brush up on a recital or competition program, or to have a freakin’ genius help you with a specific problem.

All you need is Skype (or equivalent, such as Windows Live), a webcam/computer, and a piano.

Of course, I’m available for in-person private lessons, both at home and at Kennesaw State University, where I am Artist-in-Residence.

Contact me if you’d like to work together.  I’d love to hear from you.

Sep

2

Article on PianoStreet.com — Bonus: Free Track!

Posted in Music by Robert Henry

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My friends over at Piano Street have posted a short interview/article about my debut recording, Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz.

While you are there, be sure to listen to a free track from my recording: Franz Liszt’s Liebesträume.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE.

Created in 2001, Piano Street is an amazing online resource, featuring forums, recordings, free scores, interviews and more.  Special thanks to Johan at Piano Street for his support.

Jan

1

CD Release Event! — — April 24, 2010 — — UPDATED: now with video documentary!

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Dec

14

Recording debut album

Posted in Music by Robert Henry

‘Bout to head into the studio to record my debut album and a short video documentary.

The recording is entitled “Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz”.  It will be released in the Spring.

More details/updates to come!

Update 1: My very own Steinway D (#192) sits on stage.  The movers accidentally dropped it onto my living room floor (!), but after a fresh tuning, it sounds amazing again.  Recording starts tomorrow.

Update 2: Recording is complete. Now for editing.

Jan

1

Arkansas State University – November 30

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Jan

1

Concert with Helen Kim, Violinist

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Jan

1

Beethoven and Grieg in Valdosta, GA (October 2nd and 3rd)

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Jan

1

Concert on September 15 – Jasper, GA – UPDATE: Kanye West Approves

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