Liszt: Piano Recital

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
There is a marvelous muscularity to Leif Ove Andsnes's playing -- a spirited athleticism that's neither flashy nor crude. Given this aspect of his style, one might imagine Andsnes's response to Liszt's transcendental virtuosity would be quite potent. And it is. Yet, what is most impressive about this all-Liszt recital is not the agility but the introspection. Andsnes dispatches the massive Dante Sonata with precision and power, and the Mephisto Waltzes he gives us three of the four are buoyant and deliciously diabolical. When the 74-minute program is over, however, what one remembers are the quieter pieces, like Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth. Andsnes taps into the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
There is a marvelous muscularity to Leif Ove Andsnes's playing -- a spirited athleticism that's neither flashy nor crude. Given this aspect of his style, one might imagine Andsnes's response to Liszt's transcendental virtuosity would be quite potent. And it is. Yet, what is most impressive about this all-Liszt recital is not the agility but the introspection. Andsnes dispatches the massive Dante Sonata with precision and power, and the Mephisto Waltzes he gives us three of the four are buoyant and deliciously diabolical. When the 74-minute program is over, however, what one remembers are the quieter pieces, like Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth. Andsnes taps into the disquieting melancholy of this lyrical elegy, and his performance is intensely moving. The B Minor Ballade has many vigorous, finger-crunching pages, but the most moving passages have a strange stillness; Andsnes imbues this music with aching tenderness and compassion. The Andante Lagrimoso No. 9 from the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses was originally composed as a song, although Andsnes's interpretation does not seem so much songlike as the sorrowful memory of a song once sung. All in all, this is a recital of unexpected beauty. Those looking for exciting virtuoso display will surely be satisfied, but Andsnes also offers something much more lasting and valuable.
New York Times - A. Tomassini
Mr. Andsnes's [Liszt recital] should win him many admirers. He has a brilliant technique but never displays brilliance for the sake of it. He plays these virtuosic works with rhapsodic freedom as well as scrupulous musicianship.
Gramophone - Bryce Morrison
Time and again [Andsnes] leaves you lost in wonder at Liszt's bewildering, multi-faceted genius rather than bludgeoned by exessive show or display; exhilirated rather than exhausted... Rarely has Liszt been allowed his own voice without extraneous pleading or interference and, to crown it all, EMI's sound is as natural as it is immediate.
BBC Music Magazine - Christopher Dingle
Too many pianists approach Liszt like a bull in a china shop, but Andsnes has the wisdom and sensibility to hold back and reserve the heights of excitement for the real climaxes. And these are full of electricity -- listen to the high points of the Dante Sonata and the final frenzy of the first Mephisto Waltz.

Time and again [Andsnes] leaves you lost in wonder at Liszt's bewildering, multi-faceted genius rather than bludgeoned by exessive show or display; exhilirated rather than exhausted... Rarely has Liszt been allowed his own voice without extraneous pleading or interference and, to crown it all, EMI's sound is as natural as it is immediate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724355700223
  • Catalog Number: 57002
  • Sales rank: 143,790

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