- Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179)
- Nuages gris (Trübe Wolken), for piano, S. 199 (LW A305)
- La notte, for piano (Odes funèbres No. 2), S. 516a (LW A202/2)
- La Lugubre gondola II, for piano (in 4/4), S. 200/2 (LW A319b)
- Funérailles, for piano (Harmonies poétiques No. 7), S.173/7 (LW A158/7)
Franz Liszt was a virtuoso of seemingly supernatural ability who wrote music that would show off both his technical mastery and his musical sensitivity. The B Minor Sonata is arguably his greatest work. Cast in one gigantic, half-hour-long movement, it has an enormous emotional scope. Music of tender delicacy is set against blistering sections where the pianist must unleash torrents of notes. But unlike some of Liszt's flashier pieces, the virtuosity always serves a purpose in this sonata, whether it's to express tormented agitation or to weave the thick, knotty fabric of the massive fugue that lies at the work's heart. Krystian Zimerman is not a flashy player, but he jumps all the technical hurdles with incredible ease, and best of all he makes music out of even the thorniest passages. He also offers some of Liszt's enigmatic late pieces: concise tone paintings whose strange harmonies anticipate features of modern music.