The Parlour Grand
Marquis Classics, 2-disc set
This album combines two volumes of The Parlour Grand, now available in a 2-disc set from EMI Canada, modestly entitled "The Best Parlour Piano Album in the World... Ever!"
Silverman's best-selling collection of favorite pieces from a bygone era, played on an 1898 Parlour Grand.
Beethoven: Für Elise
Mendelssohn: Spinning Song
Sinding: Rustle of Spring
Edouard Schütt: Rêverie
Henselt: If I were a bird
Anton Rubinstein: Romance
Franz Liszt: Liebestraum
Edward Elgar: Salut d'Amour
Gennady Karganoff: Arabeske
Paderewski: Minuet antique
Chopin: Valse in C sharp minor
Edward MacDowell: To a Wild Rose
Fauré: Romance without Words
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C# Minor
Louis M. Gottschalk: The Dying Poet
Gautier: Le Secret
Isaac Albeniz: Tango
T. Badarzewska-Baranowska: The Prayer Granted
Frank Bridge: Rosemary
Cecile Chaminade: Scarf Dance
Frederic Chopin: Valse in C sharp minor
Louis-Claude Daquin: Le coucou
Gluck-Sgambati: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Benjamin Godard: Au Matin
Leopold Godowsky: Alt Wien
Percy Grainger: Country Gardens
Calixa Lavallee: Le Papillion, Op. 18
Anatole Liadov: Musical snuffbox, Op. 32
Felix Mendelssohn: Spring Song
Ethelbert Nevin: Narcissus
Gabriel Pierne: Marche des petits soldats de plomb
Francis Thome: Simple aveu, Op. 25
Carl Maria von Weber: Invitation to the Dance
"Wholly uncondescending performances that remind us anew why these pieces were everybody's favorites."
"Superb artistry. A thoroughly engaging program. Silverman makes the most of his material without taking it too seriously. Let us hope the wait for Volume 2 will not be long."
...American Record Guide
"A sweet and congenial disc, happily marrying history and nostalgia."
"A Piano CD standout! One of Silverman's finest moments comes with the playing of the familiar Rachmaninoff (c# minor) Prelude."
"Vancouver pianist Robert Silverman's light touch on a 1913 Pleyel Grand gives authenticity and intimacy to obscure, sentimental salon pieces from the last two centuries."
"Most importantly, Robert Silverman brings to this music the artistic integrity that marks his excellent renditions of more serious and more challenging classical compositions. Intelligent grasp of musical ideas and expert manual technique distinguish his performances of Beethoven, and they are in ample evidence here too."
"Exhales nostalgia ... Silverman's performance is an idealization of what generations of young women and men, with so much pre-TV time on their hands, must have dreamt of achieving."
...Vancouver Sun **** rating