Robin Spielberg

Heal of the Hand

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Heal of the Hand is Robin Spielberg's first album, self-released then placed with North Star Records. When I listen to Spielberg's recordings, I wonder how she is able to coax so many nuances from her piano; her playing sounds effortless, like there is no other possible way to play the piece. The bittersweet "Flower in the Rock" is especially intriguing, its bright fluttering petals echoing against the deeply resonant rock that seems much bigger than a piano could possibly conjure. All the songs are by Spielberg, and the liner notes relate the stories behind them. One is dedicated to the Gulf War soldiers, another describes King Arthur's return, another honors the birth of her niece. Her flawless technique and heartfelt compositions make Spielberg a standout among "pop" (or new age or contemporary instrumental) pianists.

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