Etudes: Music of Liszt and Rachmaninoff
Orion: MAR 3122Winner: Grand Prix du Disque (Liszt Society of Budapest)
(and original reviews)
Variations on a Motif of Bach
Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen Prelude
Transcendental Etude No.10 (LISTEN)
Transcendental Etude No.11
Scherzo and March
Étude-Tableau in C
Étude-Tableau in E Flat Minor
"A fascinating record .. he understands the wildness of this music to perfection."
...Records & Recording
"Rachmaninoff's hand-divided melodies and counter-melodies sing out as they do on no other performance known to me. This is the kind of "big," thunderous playing that makes one want to hear more."
"The recently-released early Silverman recordings will show music-lovers why the pianist has been called "quite phenomenal" and "fascinating." Here you will find all-out virtuoso performances of Liszt, and huge-scale readings of Rachmaninoff Etudes-Tableaux. This distinctive player has great sensitivity as well as dazzling digits, and this recording is a great way to get to know him."
...Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
"Robert Silverman delivers technically dazzling displays of pyrotechnics, as would be hoped for in a recording of etudes. But while there are many pianists out there who can "wow" listeners with technically flashy and powerful playing, few can equally deliver on the stillness and introspection that is also called for in Liszt with the same dexterity as Silverman."