Silverman Beethoven Sonatas, By Rachel Silver with interview by Jason Victor Serinus. In 2010, Canadian pianist Robert Silverman took on a rare challenge: to perform and record, for the second time, all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Few have performed the entire suite of piano sonatas, and far fewer more than once. All proceeds from the concerts and recordings go to Audio High’s non-profit organization, Silver Linings (ww. ilverlinings.
Beethoven Sonatas revisited. Silverman never stops. A decade following the 10-CD release of the complete Beethoven sonatas, Silverman revisited the entire cycle, and a large number of them now in the process of being released. Unlike the first set, these are live performances before an audience, in a recital hall, on a concert Steinway. And they document the pianist's never-ending artistic development. Finally: Silverman's Long Awaited Schumann-Brahms recording. 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.
This album was named to the top 10 CDs of 2000 by Soundstage. com, placed on Audiophilia. com's "A List", and was short-listed for a Juno Award for 2000 (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy). I thought of kicking myself after hearing the first couple of CDs from Robert Silverman’s new ten-volume set of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas. So involving is the music making, I wished I had attended his live performances in Toronto last year. In fact, the Canadian pianist has given recitals of the complete sonatas in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Seattle, and did so before committing the music to disc.
Robert Silverman, John Atkinson, prods. Graemme Brown, Ray Kimber, John Atkinson, Brett Terry, engs. Silverman's playing is bold and assertive. Beethoven was notoriously thorny and the Diabelli Variations are less a rumination on life than an argument with it. As Silverman puts it in his essay on the variations (worth an hour of your time right there), "As the work progresses, the waltz now seems to undergo a process of deconstruction to the point where it is literally pounded into particles in Var. 28 before undergoing a painful rebirth in the final five variations. Yes! Life, death, rebirth-all take place as we listen and we still make it through to the other side singing.
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The beethoven piano sonatas. Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas embody the core of the piano repertoire. It is in the realm of these works that his immense expressive range, limitless powers of invention and technical mastery were first manifested, and every facet of his genius is reflected in them. As a group the sonatas seem to take on a life of their own; we are not simply hearing 32 magnificent individual pieces. Rather, we are listening to an integrated body of music. Relationships between sonatas, or even groups of sonatas, composed at different stages of his career,.