Anthony Kooiker, The Holland Sentinal

For an artist of any age, the program and performance were stunning. At the age of 23 he doesn't show promise; he shows instead that he has “arrived” as a formidable artist and musician. The program opened with the eighth prelude and fugue by Bach from The Well-Tempered Clavier. The three sections of the prelude expressed a sense of the profound quality found in this “church-like” piece. The fugue followed in an appropriately brisk and happy tempo. . . . The second piece, the fourth Scherzo by Chopin, a piece I have always found elusive, was played with great elan with the appropriate breathtaking passagework. In spite of the tonal “bumps” in the chapel piano, the performance was outstanding for its tonal control and virtuosity. The familiar Mazurka in A minor, also by Chopin, was sensitively played. It was followed by three of the bravura etudes, Opus 8, by the Russian composer Scriabin. Hastings had more than adequate technique to match the dreadful technical demands of these pieces. His performance of these etudes was more colorful and impassioned than the recent performance of them given on the same piano in the same place by a faculty member of the University of Michigan. . . . The standing ovation Hastings received for his performance was well deserved.