A Tribute to Silvestrov
The composers featured in this recording all share something in common - an ability to recreate moments of beauty, moments of perfection that could be realised as such only after they are lost... And all share a lyrical, poetic gift of subtle understatement, gift of expressing through the language of music the most universal and intimate human emotions and feelings that are common to all and 'unique' in every individual experience. That universality and uniqueness follows the Law - all in one and one in all.
This music does not belong to anybody, it has no beginning or end, no before or after - it simply is. It is one language, one vocabulary that is spoken. This recording was conceived as one composition that unfolds in itself continuously. One could look at this as a tea party, which brought together several composers that lived during the last four centuries... These composers are talking to each other, sharing their stories and very soon it becomes apparent that this story is one and same, simply told in different ways... This music was rather remembered and overheard then composed. It comes from silence and resolves into it.
“What a delightful disc this is. It fully meets its remit of programming pieces that pianist Vladimir Feltsman describes as having ‘an ability to recreate moments of beauty, moments of perfection that could be realised as such only after they are lost ...’ If any readers have yet to discover the world of Silvestrov then this disc must surely be the best introduction and Vladimir Feltsman is the perfect vehicle to do so since his touch is so delicate, bringing out the magic in every piece by each composer. Steve Arloff, musicweb-international.com”
"It seems to me as if Feltsman’s trying to create the impression that he’s trying to reproduce the sound of music that one is imagining, not hearing: the memory is faulty and somehow insubstantial, the struggle to recall the exact sequence of notes and harmonies palpable: the echo, perhaps, “of what already exists”. If this was Feltsman’s intent here, then he is an incredible pianist. Even if not, this program is unforgettable and should be heard by everyone I know." American Record Guide