For the Record – With Robbin Reza


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Robbin Reza was a winner of our Emerging Artist Concert Series last year.  Here he speaks about Ravel and Argerich.


“Selecting a work that I love and a performance of the work did not seem at first, a hard task at all, but the more I contemplate on it, the harder it gets!”


“As a musician, I want to learn to love everything I play and to be able to express this in my performances, as I believe love is an emotion we can all feel. I have chosen to talk about a work that has been one of my goals since my early years of learning piano, a work which for me, came with many sacrifices, and also a work that has made me think not only with my head, but also my body.”


“This work is Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. In this illustrious suite, lies the savage Scarbo, the third and final movement. Martha Argerich has recorded this work countless times spanning over 30 years, but what I found fascinating was how the sorcery throughout her interpretations transformed. Argerich’s depiction of Scarbo in 1975 with Deutsche Grammophon (2530 540) made every part of my body stand up. She portrays a dimension of untamed fantasy but at the same time a sense of tenderness and pleasure, which made me question, from where in this world does she find this inspiration. I discovered that at the time of this particular performance, Argerich was carrying her youngest daughter, Stéphanie. Argerich spoke that at this time, she thought her playing became more reserved. She has also expressed that, in her later years, she felt lonely by herself, up on stage. I came to a realisation that the tenderness and comfort that I felt in this performance was possibly because she was not alone. This feeling will forever remain in my heart and hope that I can be similarly dynamic in expression in my own music.”


Robbin Reza

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