A few fragments of the lost art of Alexander Siloti

Labels: , ,

Siloti, Alexander (1863-1945)
A few fragments of the lost art of one of Russia's finest nineteenth century pianists. Siloti was also one of Liszt's pupils.

Alexander Siloti was an extremely fine pianist. He was taught first by Scriabin's piani teacher, Nikolai Zverev, followed by Rubinstein, Taneyev and Tchaikovsky at the Moscow Conservatoire. He moved on to become one of Liszt's pupils from 1883.

He moved towards conducting in preference to playing the piano, an early success being the world premiere of Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto in 1902. Had he made any proper recordings we would no doubt rate his importance as much higher. As one of the foremost musicians in Russia, he actively pursued the introduction of many new composers' music both as a pianist and conductor, and was the recipient of many dedications. He also produced a large amount of piano transcription and other works.

He left a handfull of piano rolls, but the only surviving acoustic recordings of his playing are some privately-made recordings by his family. Around 25 minutes' worth of music is guessed to have been made. Unfortunately most of this is either known to be destroyed, currently unknown of location or otherwise unavailable.