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Re-inventions is a very special collection which shows us a different side of Robin Spielberg / MainlyPiano

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Re-inventions is pianist/composer Robin Spielberg's first collection of classical music, arranged and "re-invented" during the 2020 pandemic. Inspired by the historical fact that classical composers often held "soirees" where they presented alternate versions of each others' music, Robin decided to do something similar with favorite classics that she re-discovered while going through her "treasure trove" of sheet music. In the liner notes of the CD and LP, Robin tells the story of one of her piano teachers slapping her hand when she played a new melody for a Chopin waltz. I never had my hand slapped, but my piano teacher also considered the classics to be sacred and not to be altered in any way, which is contrary to how the composers themselves regarded their music. Most of the fifteen tracks on the album will be familiar to just about everyone and are different from the originals - but not so different that they are unrecognizable. Most of the tracks are solo piano, but there are a few duets that include Tina Guo on cello; Ricardo Ochoa on violin; Robin's daughter, Valerie Kosson, on bells; and Robin's husband, Larry Kosson, on guitar. A Steinway Artist, Robin recorded the album on an 1898 Steinway.

This is a very special collection and shows us a different side of Robin - she "re-invented" herself, too!

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