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Piano Concerto

Silver Audio CD
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1. Assai Sostenuto
2. Still And Calm
3. Largo Recitativo
4. The Sea At Cassis
5. The Pendulum Clock
6. Descent Into Hell
7. In The Half-Burned Forest
8. There, All Is Perfection And Beauty, Luxry, Calm And Delight
9. Toward The Paradise Of My Dreams

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, accessible 20th century music Jan. 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
I liked most the concerto's third movement. At about 8 minutes it has a long slow section with a recurring motif of 11 notes, building to a gargantuan climax. I also appreciated the tone-poem "La mer a Cassis" which struck me as Debusssyist. It has a chromatic figuration in the middle range and a melody above, and then later a long descending chromatic figuration with the melody in the left hand. I also liked "La, tout n'est qu'ordre et beaute, luxe, calme et volupte", with its modal melody and occasional fauxbourdon harmonization. Five stars for these parts! I hope Ms. Silver brings out her second piano concerto soon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars derivative Nov. 20 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Silver's compositions are derivative to say the least. First of all, the solo piano works are hack job reworkings of Debussy. The piano concerto is a boring mishmosh of scales and textures, again derrivative of French impressionism, romanticism, and Bartok. In fact, the last movement even rips off a tune from Bartok. Don't waste your time with this - why not listen to the original sources.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible contemporary work with real substance July 26 2003
By David M. Charvonia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I will admit to a small bias, as Ms. Silver was a teacher of mine back in the early 70's, but I was completely blown away by the Piano Concerto. I have spent so much time with it, in fact, that I haven't even listened to the solo pieces on the CD yet. One small complaint to get out of the way: a bit too heavy on octatonic scale passages in the first movement (of course one could level the same charge at Debussy with his frequent over-reliance on the whole-tone scale.) It has taken me many long years of suffering through insipid works of Neo-Romanticism, Minimalism, etc. before finding a voice as profound, honest and convincing as Silver's. There is a real and powerful sense of this music drawing from the vast cultural stream that precedes it, and speaking in an individual way to our own time and experience. I urge anyone interested in the future (and present) of concert music to hear this concerto -- I have already described it to friends as a masterpiece. And unlike with many Naxos releases, both the performance and recording are superb.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars outstanding piano pieces! June 30 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
But the piano concerto is a miss. Just doesn't evoke any feeling in this listener. But the 6 preludes after poems by Baudelaire are really wonderful, and running at 22 minutes, make it worth getting the album just for these.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 21st century music Aug. 28 2003
By Estelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I found listening to this CD a most rewarding experience.It is new music at its best. I loved the first hearing and become even more enthused each time I play it. This is a piece that should be on the program of all the great orchestras both here and abroad.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, accessible 20th century music Jan. 16 2004
By Peter G. Moll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I liked most the concerto's third movement. At about 8 minutes it has a long slow section with a recurring motif of 11 notes, building to a gargantuan climax. I also appreciated the tone-poem "La mer a Cassis" which struck me as Debusssyist. It has a chromatic figuration in the middle range and a melody above, and then later a long descending chromatic figuration with the melody in the left hand. I also liked "La, tout n'est qu'ordre et beaute, luxe, calme et volupte", with its modal melody and occasional fauxbourdon harmonization. Five stars for these parts! I hope Ms. Silver brings out her second piano concerto soon.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars derivative Nov. 19 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Silver's compositions are derivative to say the least. First of all, the solo piano works are hack job reworkings of Debussy. The piano concerto is a boring mishmosh of scales and textures, again derrivative of French impressionism, romanticism, and Bartok. In fact, the last movement even rips off a tune from Bartok. Don't waste your time with this - why not listen to the original sources.
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