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Silverman appointed to the Order of Canada - July 1, 2013
Robert Silverman has been appointed by Canada's Governor General to the Order of Canada. This honour (comparable to Great Britain's OBE) is accorded to about 150 Canadians annually. The investiture is to take place in Ottawa in 2014.
Silverman's complete Beethoven Sonatas recordings again available
A completely re-mastered recording of the 32 Sonatas of Beethoven are now coming available for download on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Album by album for only $10 or less, or most of the tracks for a buck. At the time for writing, Vol. 1 (Pathetique and Waldstein, plus Op. 101) is up, with others to follow very soon.
The first appearance of these recordings since both pressings of the CDs sold out completely shortly after they were issued. The raves were many, but Fanfare Magazine said it all in a lengthy, in depth review: "These performances are totally musical; that is, the music is first, not the playing of the music. He plays them naturally, as if he has lived with them all his life. He has found the essential humanity—the tragedy, the humor, and the triumph—of these works, and revealed it to us with a sense of gratitude. Silverman plays these masterpieces as musically as anyone I have ever heard. I recommend these as highly as possible."
The original CDs were masterfully recorded by Stereophile editor John Atkinson, and accurately reflected what the microphones "heard" in the spacious Santa Monica living room. Silverman says "The recordings now have more oomph, and as far as I recollect, are a more accurate reflection of what I heard while seated at the piano."
Long-lost Silverman Concerto Treasures Revived
- In 1978, Robert Silverman performed the world premiere of the Piano Concerto No. 2 by iconic Canadian composer Harry Somers with The Toronto Symphony. It is a gargantuan work in four movements, and a recording of that broadcast is now available from CentreDiscs.
- Also available is a 1990s video recording of Robert Silverman performing the Rachmaninoff 3rd piano concerto in Mexico City at the Mineria Festival to a four-minute stomping and standing ovation.
- In the late 1970s, Robert Silverman recorded the piano concerto by the late Vancouver composer Jean Coulthard. The richly Edwardian-romantic concerto was performed with the now defunct CBC Vancouver Orchestra. The master tape has been leased by the Canadian Music Centre and made available on-line.
Check out details of all three albums right now by clicking on "Robert's Discs" or click here.
Complete Mozart Sonatas (Now Available on Amazon)
After performing the complete sonatas of Mozart in Vancouver, San Francisco, Winnipeg and other cities, Robert Silverman spent a hectic week recording them all in high resolution digital multi-channel format, using Ray Kimber's fabled IsoMike© system. The set, which includes copious program notes by Silverman will be released in October 2009 on the IsoMike label.
Silverman has noted: "In many ways, performing and recording all the Mozart sonatas proved to be a greater challenge than my earlier Beethoven project. I have long held that Mozart's solo piano music is far greater and varied than it is often given credit for, and that Mozart the supreme dramatist is present here more than is generally acknowledged. Plus, in spite of all the authenticists who claim otherwise, he wrote for a primitive instrument that Beethoven himself disparaged only twenty years later. The problem of capturing the full range of Mozart's artistic expression on a modern instrument, but without treading on Brahms', Liszt's or even Beethoven's sonic territory led me to find new (to me at least) ways of approaching the keyboard."
To hear Robert's performance of the the C minor Fantasy, K. 475, as well as a taste of the uncannily life-like IsoMike sound quality, click here.