Laurence E. MacDonald, The Flint Journal

Hastings was born in Canada, but his musical soul seems to have come from the Russian steppes. Sensitive playing of five Rachmaninoff pieces and a set of 10 short works by Sergei Prokofiev made up a large part of Hastings’ recital . . . The Steinway piano, brought in especially for him, rang with warm resonance at his every touch. Truly lyrical playing was heard in the “Lullaby” . . . and “Lilacs.” Extremely sensitive playing was again heard in the Sonata No. 9 by Alexander Scriabin. . . . [T]he Variations serieuses by Felix Mendelssohn received an insightful interpretation . . . the ensuing 17 variations revealed great harmonic originality and rhythmic ingenuity, as highlighted in Hastings’ sensitive playing. Capping the afternoon was a sensational performance of Franz Liszt’s Totentanz. Hastings’ playing was the most impressive single pianistic even of this local concert season. Torrents of sound poured out of the piano, with Hastings tossing off one hair-raising difficulty after another. His glissando runs were effortless in their execution . . . [T]his was a tour de force that all in attendance will long remember.