This was Robert Henry’s first Wigmore Hall recital and it seems to have come on the back of his debut CD recording ‘Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz’. Mr Henry has won various international piano competitions so I was interested to see how he would fare in this mixed programme of 18th, 19th and 20th century masterpieces.
He began well with Siloti’s famous transcription of Bach’s prelude in E minor (transposed by Siloti to B minor). The transcription allows the pianist to demonstrate the full tonal and expressive range of the piano and Henry used it to show he could produce a gorgeous tone, and his immense control of voicing, texture and dynamics.
Henry’s performance of the first 12 preludes and fugues from Book 1 of the ‘48’ was very romantic, using the full tonal and expressive… SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL
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Behold! My magical program:
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
Come and hear J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, one of the most perfect masterpieces in all of music.
Written in 1722, the WTC is a collection of Preludes and Fugues in all keys. It is impossibly perfect in its construction. But more importantly, this music is profoundly expressive — a truly spiritual experience.Map
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.”
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.
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.
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.
While you are there, be sure to listen to a free track from my recording: Franz Liszt’s Liebesträume.
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Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center
Kennesaw State University
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
Admission is FREE.
Join Robert Henry as he celebrates the release of his debut CD,
“TWELVE NOCTURNES AND A WALTZ”.
Robert will be performing the entire CD live in concert. The concert features Nocturnes of Chopin, Faure, Grieg, Liszt and many others, including the world premiere of Alexei Stanchinsky’s forgotten Nocturne from 1907.
As a tribute to one of his musical mentors, Robert has created his own transcription of Chet Atkins’ “Waltz for the Lonely”. The sheet music for this arrangement will be available this fall.
Robert will be signing CDs following the concert.
Available now on Amazon. Also available on Itunes and other retailers in May, 2010.
On Friday, April 23, Robert will be presenting a Masterclass at KSU. It begins at 5:30.
Follow the YouTube link to watch a video documentary of Robert’s recording experience, “The Making of Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz”, or click below:
‘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.