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  1. Piano Concerto: Assai sostenuto13:13Album Only
  2. Piano Concerto: Still and calm 9:30Album Only
  3. Piano Concerto: Largo recitativo21:25Album Only
  4. 6 Preludes: La mer a Cassis 6:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. 6 Preludes: La pendule 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. 6 Preludes: La descente vers l'enfers 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. 6 Preludes: Dans une foret demi-brulee 5:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. 6 Preludes: La, tout n'est qu'ordre et beaute, Luxe, calme et volupte 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. 6 Preludes: Vers le paradis de mes reves 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 

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NAX 8557015; NAXOS - Germania;

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An accessible contemporary work with real substance 27 July 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
outstanding piano pieces! 30 Jun. 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
Magnificent 21st century music 28 Aug. 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
Exciting, accessible 20th century music 16 Jan. 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 9 people found the following review helpful
derivative 20 Nov. 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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