Press Comments

Global Music With a New York Edge Haskell Small Takes a Harrowing Journey Inward with His Latest Raptly Mystical Suite
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New York Music Daily
May 10, 2016
 
"The CD closes with A Glimpse of Silence, an eight-minute opus that explores the concept of silence through such devices as a music box and a funeral march. The music box doesn’t sound like any that you’ve ever heard, but the effect is quite stunning, given its piquant and ethereal harmonies. Haskell Small’s music is well worth exploring, and he gives it what sound to my ears to be superlative performances. Heartily recommended"
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Fanfare
Jan/Feb 2015
"You really like to get these kinds of discs in the mail. A composer playing his own music on a small label always has appeal, this project was an entirely worthy one."

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Classical Net Review
"The Rothko Room - Journeys in Silence"
June 23, 2014

"Small has a particular fascination with silence as interpreted through music: he is a fine and wide-ranging pianist..."
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Infodad.com
"Speaking Through Soloists"
May 8, 2014
"My own compositional tendencies tend toward quietude," he notes. "That fits perfectly with the intentions of Rothko."
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Houston Chronicle Interview
"Rothko Work Inspires Composer"
April 9, 2014
"More musicians should do what Haskell Small does: he plays what he likes, and brings it to life, sometimes quietly, sometimes somewhat more boisterously, putting his heart and soul into it."
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Lucid Culture Performance Review
" Haskell Small Plays a Shattering, Haunting Program on the Upper West"
March 31, 2014
"...his lovely touch made the works sing."
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ConcertoNet Performance Review
"Ladders to Elysium"
March 28, 2014
"Small" Pianist delivers "Huge" recital at re-named Church
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Peninsula Performance Review
November 12, 2013
Haskell Small brings his contemplative sound to Seattle
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The Seattle Times
November 11, 2013
Haskell Small on KDFC's "State of the Arts"

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KDFC Radio Interview
November 6, 2013

Haskell Small Delivers a Shattering Performance of Mompou's Musica Callada

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Lucid Culture
October 31, 2013

Music of peace, from pianists Haskell Small and Sarah Cahill
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Times Union
October 13, 2013
Haskell Small interview with Judith Krummerck
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91.5 WBJC FM Interview
October 4, 2013
"It takes courage for a pianist to program a concert of works by a single composer. Double—maybe triple—that courage when the composer is Federico Mompou, a fascinating if obscure Spaniard whose austere, inward-looking works offer little in the way of crowd-pleasing virtuosity..."
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The Washington Post
December 18, 2007

 

 
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Haskell Small is the sort of pianist that can take the music of Scarlatti or Mussorgsky, music that many pianists smother in stylistic kindness, and get right to its essence. He does this with fine technique backed with surprising strength, a sense of dramatic pacing, and a sure feeling for the integrity of the music.
The Washington Post