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Franz Schubert by Phillip Kawin

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CD Program

 

Sonata in A Minor, D. 845

I. Moderato

II. Andante poco moto

III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco più lento

 IV. Rondo: Allegro vivace

 

Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946:

I. Allegro assai

II. Allegretto

III. Allegro

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Behind-the-scenes: Phillip Kawin Plays Schubert

Schubert CD Launch, Steinway Hall,

NYC 1st October, 2015

Paul Carasco, Phillip Kawin and Gerard Schwarz

Producer, Steve Epstein and Phillip Kawin unveil his latest Schubert album

Welcoming Phillip Kawin

Launch from the street

Reviews

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in a, D 845. 3 Klavierstücke, D 946 • Phillip Kawin (pn) • MASTER PERFORMERS 15 001 (69:41) By Peter J. Rabinowitz

In the illuminating interview that serves as the program note for this release, Phillip Kawin clearly sets out his musical priorities: structural proportion and "balance between the many diverse elements," coupled with a rich tone and singing legato. Those priorities emerge just as clearly in these finely poised and self-possessed performances, elegant in their touch, graceful in their phrasing (few sharp edges here), artful in their voicing, and unfailingly alert to the music's harmonic nuances and its variations in emotional flavor. This is not massive Schubert in the... Click to read complete review

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in a, D 845. 3 Klavierstücke, D 946 • Phillip Kawin (pn) • MASTER PERFORMERS 15 001 (69:41) By Colin Clarke

The monolingual booklet for this release includes an in-depth interview with pianist Phillip Kawin. In it, Kawin speaks with great wisdom, particularly about the relationship of musical surface to structures (something which should, but frequently does not, concern every musician). Kawin refers also to Schubert's ability to suspend time, something vital to great Schubert interpretation and something that several of the best interpreters of today (Uchida, Pires, or Imogen Cooper, for example) realize. He sees that Schubert's melodies are vocal in nature, and to bring this about in sound he uses the most beautiful legato... Click to read complete review

Talking Schubert with Phillip Kawin By Jerry Dubins

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Phillip Kawin studied with Alfred Cortot's long-time associate Jules Gentil at the École Normale de Musique in Paris; in New York City with Howard Aibel (assistant to Rosina Lhevinne); with John Perry; and with Dora Zaslavsky (who had studied with Wilhelm Backhaus and Harold Bauer) at the Manhattan School of Music. As recitalist and soloist with orchestra, Kawin has performed throughout Australia, China, Korea, Italy, Russia, Spain and the U.S. He has an exclusive recording contract with the Master Performers record label; a Steinway artist, his debut album—featuring works of Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, and Prokofiev... Click to read complete interview

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in a, D 845. 3 Klavierstücke, D 946 • Phillip Kawin (pn) • MASTER PERFORMERS 15 001 (69:41) By Huntley Dent

We're accustomed as reviewers to mention when a set of program notes is insightful or well written. Both are true for the notes to this Schubert album from Phillip Kawin, an admired faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, a Schubert specialist as a performer, and an in-demand lecturer. The notes are in the form of an interview with him, and I found myself brought up short by the points he made. Kawin gives us nothing less than a complete view of what sets Schubert's piano music apart. To tick off just a few comments...  Click for complete review.

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in a, D 845. 3 Klavierstücke, D 946 • Phillip Kawin (pn) • MASTER PERFORMERS 15 001 (69:41) By Raymond Beegle

Every English-speaking person can recite Shakespeare's "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer ..." but only a handful are able to make the words do what they are supposed to do. So it is that thousands of pianists can play all the right notes in the most formidable works of Liszt and Chopin, but precious few can make them do what they are supposed to do—namely, reach the human heart. In the music of Schubert the task is perhaps more difficult than it is with any other composer, as it is impossible to hide behind one's virtuosity... Click for complete review

Phillip Kawin plays final of Prokofiev 7th Piano Sonata

Live in City Recital Hall Angel Place

Phillip Kawin by Phillip Kawin

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Variations on God Save the King, Wo0 78:

Theme

Variation I

Variation II

Variation III

Variation IV

Variation V

Variation VI

Variation VII

Coda

 

Robert Schumann

Fantasiestücke Op. 12:

Des Abends

Warum?

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata No. 23 in F Minor Op. 57

Allegro assai

Andante con moto

Allegro ma non troppo

 

Sergei Prokofiev

15. Sonata No. 7 Op. 83

Allegro inquieto

Andante caloroso

Precipitato

 

Schubert/Liszt

Widmung (Dedication)

 

A conversation between David Dubal

 and Phillip Kawin

 

 

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Schubert CD Launch, Steinway Hall,

NYC August 2008

David Dubal, Philip Kawin and Peter Goodrich

Philip Kawin welcomes the audience

David Dubal

Launch Performance

Reviews

Pianist Phillip Kawin on Teaching, Analysis, and Performance By Colin Clarke

Pianist Phillip Kawin has been interviewed in Fanfare before, so I’m concentrating here on his previous disc (Beethoven Variations et al, MP001), any updates on his thoughts on the Schubert disc, and plans for the future. I’m intrigued by Kawin’s website’s description of a highly individualistic pedagogical approach that champions the mastery of creative tone production and the advanced principles of sound pianism. It also leads nicely into my first question. What do you think it is that marks out your approach to teaching? One of the most important things is my philosophy and approach to sound, tone color, inflection, harmony, and rhythm. I have been told by various people that I am innovative. Click to read complete interview

PHILLIP KAWIN • Phillip Kawin (pn) • MASTER PERFORMERS DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS 001 (78:00) By Colin Clarke

Beginning with Beethoven's Variations on God Save the King is inspired. Although the booklet includes a David Dubal interview with Kawin (also transcribed onto the disc, where it is split into three parts—Beethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev), the interview concentrates on the "Appassionata." That's a shame, as Beethoven's variations deserve every ounce of attention that can be lavished on them (and not just the set on the present disc), and as if to reflect this Kawin's actual performance speaks of deep consideration. Resisting the temptation to stand up as the... Click to read complete review

PHILLIP KAWIN • Phillip Kawin (pn) • MASTER PERFORMERS DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS 001 (78:00) By Myron Silberstein

I breathe a sigh of trepidation whenever I receive a recording of repertoire as firmly entrenched in the canon as the works on this disc. And I breathe a sigh of relief when I hear such repertoire played with the subtlety, maturity, individuality, and musicality this recording by Phillip Kawin demonstrates. The wonderful thing about standard repertoire is that there is room for competing interpretations, so long as they are thoroughly developed. It is foolish to ask, for example, if a Beethoven performer has outdone Schnabel. Schnabel has his unique, expert stance on Beethoven, but it is not the only expert stance... Click to read full review

PHILLIP KAWIN • Phillip Kawin (pn) • MASTER PERFORMERS DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS 001 (78:00) Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Schumann - By Dave Saemann

Phillip Kawin is a most accomplished performer. A distinguished teacher, I would recommend his YouTube video showing him leading a student through the nuances of a Haydn sonata. Kawin here reveals that he is someone for whom every note of a score possesses a stylistic meaning. Although Kawin says that teaching and performing are two quite disparate activities, I suspect that the act of pedagogy has helped him clarify his ideas about the music he offers the public. A Steinway artist, Kawin seems to be very particular about... Click to read full review

PHILLIP KAWIN • Phillip Kawin (pn) • MASTER PERFORMERS DISTINGUISHED ARTISTS 001 (78:00) Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Schumann By Scott Noriega

One of the tenets of Phillip Kawin's teaching is that sound production is key to great piano playing. I remember him always cautioning about attacking the keyboard. For him, one should rather caress the sound out of the instrument: pull—never push. For him the piano, though physically a percussion instrument, should never be treated as such. In his conversation with David Dubal on one of the later tracks of the CD, he talks about Richter's approach to Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata, saying the Russian pianist "makes the accents" in this work "so lyrical and many times lighter." All these years later, it is good to see that what he taught... Click for complete review

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