Pianist Robert Silverman has, in his five-decade career, been hailed for masterful performances in prestigious halls across the globe. His newest LP, Chopin's Last Waltz, comes from Frederic Chopin's final period of 1841-1849. The seven compositions featured here are beyond gorgeous as well as musically challenging. Silverman proves he can emotionally and technically master even the Fantaisie in F minor. Other pieces include Nocturne in E major - a fine example of the refinement and contrapuntal richness of Chopin's later works. The brooding Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 45 employs one of Chopin's favorite devices: a rolling bass accompaniment sweeping upward until it takes over the next phase of the melody. Throughout Silverman demonstrates a polished technique, an extraordinary range of tonal palette, and an uncanny ability to sing his way into the heart of a phrase.
"Over the years I have been fortunate enough to make several high-end audio recordings, including (now) three on vinyl," notes Silverman. "I gladly sign my name to all of them, but I must say that sonically and artistically, this is my favorite. I have always striven for a combination of clarity and warmth in my playing, but all too frequently the end result ends up emphasizing one over the other. This time, the balance has been achieved as well as I could possibly imagine." Recording engineers Ray Kimber and Aaron Hubbard achieve truly lifelike presence, recording at DSD256 (Quad DSD - 4x SACD resolution), and editing in that format without any compression or equalization other than application of the RIAA curve. The lacquers were cut and mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and then pressed on 180g vinyl at Quality Record Pressings. It comes housed in old-style tip-on gatefold jacket packaging.
"Silverman's Chopin is an unqualified success. Although every composition presented here is a familiar selection from Chopin's oeuvre, Silverman's conceptions of them delve deeply into the composer's inherent passions for his music and his love of melody...the recording presents a beautiful multidimensional sound image, with a wide dynamic range and gorgeously sharp, true tone colors." – Performance = 5/5; Sonics 5/5 – Robert Baird, Stereophile (Editor's Pick – Recording of the Month / February 2018)
• Audio pioneer/engineer Ray Kimber and engineer Aaron Hubbard record at DSD256 without compression or equalization
• LP lacquers cut directly from DSD256 file by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Plated and pressed on 180-gram vinyl by Quality Record Pressings
• Old-style tip-on gatefold jacket by Stoughton Printing