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Pianist José Navarro-Silberstein's record Vibrant Rhythms - CD Review, 16th of October 2023

Thursday, 2 November 2023 , ora 11.51

José Navarro-Silberstein is a talented young Bolivian pianist based in London, with a vast concert career on stages in Europe, North and South America. On 1st of September 2023, the 28-year-old musician released his debut solo record, Vibrant Rhythms, on German label Genuin. The programme of this CD includes creations from the South American repertoire - pieces by Alberto Ginastera, Marvin Sandi, Heitor Villa Lobos, and ends with a well-known romantic score - Robert Schumann's Dances of the Davidian League. One of the lesser-known works on this record belongs to Marvin Sandi - a Bolivian musician and philosopher who only lived 34 years and created 11 piano works, the first onebeing included on José Navarro-Silberstein's album. Ritmos Panteisticos is the title of this short suite made up of four parts - the first three highlighting the meditative spirit and refinement of the pianist's playing, while the last, with its dissonant harmonic structures and sarcastic rhythms is played with impetuousness and impeccable technique by José Navarro-Silberstein.

Pianist José Navarro-Silberstein began studying piano at the age of 4, and after an initial period in his native Bolivia, he moved to Germany to study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar. He then studied music at universities in Zagreb, Graz, Cologne and at the Royal College of Music in London under the guidance of Professors Norma Fisher and Ian Jones. He attended master classes studying with Bernd Glemser, Jura Margulis and Jean Marc Luisada, he is also supported by Andreas Staier and was one of the last students of Paul Badura Skoda, from whom he inherited a special interest in historical instruments. Winner of major prizes in international competitions in Dusseldorf, Tbilisi, Rome and Graz, José Navarro-Silberstein has a substantial repertoire that includes solo piano pieces, chamber music and concertante works, covering a diverse stylistic palette from baroque to contemporary music.

According to the pianist, rhythm and dance are the soul of his record. "Dance has played an essential role in all civilizations and is part of everyday cultural life," says José Navarro-Silberstein, who shows a variety of dance music forms, from traditional South American creations to 19th century German cult music, in performances rich in color and sonic vibrancy.

Larisa Clempuº
Translated by Bogdan-Nicolae Tãnãsescu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II >br>Corrected by Silvia Petrescu