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Paul A. Snook
Fanfare, November 2014

When it comes to premiere recordings of major American piano literature, this Naxos release has to be one of the most significant in decades. And fortunately for all of us, the incredibly difficult Mennin is played here by Myron Silberstein, a deeply adventurous and accomplished pianist who has mastered all of the work’s many complexities. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Paul A. Snook
Fanfare, November 2014

…one of the great and almost unplayable American piano sonatas, by Peter Mennin, superlatively interpreted by Myron Silberstein. © 2014 Fanfare



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, September 2014

Myron Silberstein gives convincing performances with Mennin’s sonata…The disc is another milestone in the Naxos American Classics series which has done so much to reveal the fantastic breadth of meritorious music written in the USA. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Mark L. Lehman
American Record Guide, September 2014

Myron Silberstein plays all of this music, but especially Mennin’s sonata, with power, polish, and conviction. Sonics are good. Kudos to all involved for an indispensable addition to the discography of American piano music. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2014

Norman Lloyd and Peter Mennin lived through much the same part of the 20th century, worked together in teaching, but whose compositions were very different. As this disc shows they were stylistically living in different worlds, Lloyd remaining largely in the era of tonality, his Three Scenes from Memory suitable for early piano students, while his love of dance created the often jazzy Five Pieces for Dance. Episodes for Piano is also in five pieces and easily playable by a talented amateur. His most ambitious piano score comes with the three-movement Sonata dating from 1958, and here he moves towards atonality, the finale both jagged and aggressive. Mennin’s Sonata, composed nine years earlier, is a score of pungent turbulence calling upon the soloist for a display of technical brilliance. That love of a toccata-like construction also features in three of the Five Pieces for Piano…The performances from Myron Silberstein have the requisite technical accomplishment, and the ability to make the simple moments interesting. The sound is excellent. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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