The mutually reciprocal relationship among advancements in the technology of instrument building, changes in societal conditions, and the evolution of musical style is nowhere better illustrated than in music written in Russia for the piano during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In short, most romantic Russian piano music could not have been written anywhere else or at any other time, and no other compositions illustrate the solidity of this relationship better than the three works presented on this recording. Since their respective dates of composition span approximately forty extraordinarily turbulent and significant years in Russian political and social history, it is no wonder that there are numerous and obvious differencesRead more among these compositions. However, they all spring from the same cultural foundation and share the same musical roots. All are also reliant on the capability of the grand piano as it had existed only from the middle of the century. Russian-born pianist Eduard Zilberkant is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Temple University. He gave his first recital live on Russian television at the age of seven and made his American debut at the age of twelve performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. This performance resulted in an invitation from Robert Shaw to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Following that debut, he returned to perform with the Atlanta Symphony over twenty times. Read less
Works on This Recording
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36by Sergei Rachmaninov Performer:
Eduard Zilberkant (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1913/1931; Russia Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913). Composition revised: Russia (1931).