Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage, deuxième année: Italie S161

Signum: SIGCD290

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Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage, deuxième année: Italie S161

Label:

Signum

Catalogue No:

SIGCD290

Discs:

1

Release date:

6th Aug 2012

Barcode:

0635212029022

Length:

74 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage, deuxième année: Italie S161


Liszt:

Tarantella, S. 162 No. 3 (from Venezia e Napoli)

Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 3)

Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 4)

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 6)

Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)

Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 3)

Isolde's Liebestod (after Wagner), S447


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A second solo disc on Signum from an insightful Welsh pianist. Llyr Williams is an acclaimed soloist, accompanist and chamber musician; highly sought after as a performer in the United Kingdom he was recently awarded a South Bank Sky Arts Award for his Beethoven Sonata Cycle at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh in August 2011 – where he performed all 32 sonatas in just two weeks! This disc follows SIGCD226 'Pictures', a collection of works by Debussy and Liszt alongside Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition'.

Franz Liszt: Venezia e Napoli, Supplement to Années de pèlerinage S161: Tarantella

Venezia e Napoli, Supplement to Années de pèlerinage S161: Tarantella

Franz Liszt: Italie S161

No.3: Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa

No.4: Sonetto 47 del Petrarca

No.5: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca

No.6: Sonetto 123 del Petrarca

No.7: Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata

Franz Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses S173: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude

Harmonies poétiques et religieuses S173: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude

Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner: Isolden’s Liebestod S447

Isolden’s Liebestod S447

Sunday Times

2nd September 2012

“The centrepiece is the three Sonetti del Petrarca, fabulous elaborations of Liszt’s own songs, and Williams lends them a suave grandeur. The suite’s Dante sonata finale is sternly, superbly dispatched; the Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude a solemn, beautiful contrast; the transcription of Isolde’s Liebestod a calmly ecstatic one.”

The Guardian

6th September 2012

“Williams is a superb Liszt interpreter, never content to use even the most technically demanding music as just a vehicle for flashy display, but always looking beneath the elaborate surfaces for deeper rigour and meaning. That doesn't mean he ever understates the music's sense of theatre or misjudges its sense of scale, though; there's a tremendous power and intensity to his Dante Sonata”

Financial Times

22nd September 2012

****

“Liszt’s piano music could have been written for Williams: he has the size of imagination, the temperamental bravura, the virtuosity-with-substance to make it sound elevated, not the stuff of charlatans...It’s a challenging programme to which he rises with immense authority, investing the Sonnets with the Olympian grace they deserve, and the Sonata with a mixture of barnstorming momentum and architectural scale.”

International Record Review

November 2012

“Llyr Williams plays free and easy with the printed page … he does so in the context of performances that reveal such profound understanding, stylistic sophistication and obvious love of the music that I am completely won over.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2013

****

“Williams is entirely on terms with the virtuoso requirements of the Tarantella from Venezia e Napoli...The intricate part-writing of Liszt's transcription from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, too, comes across with a stellar combination of absolute clarity and gorgeous piano sound.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2013

“Instead of heady bravura, with more deliberate tempi Williams deconstructs the music, as it were, shows you every nut and bolt, ensures every note is given its due weight and importance...and then assembles everything into performances of overwhelming power that often send a tingle up the spine. For Williams, less is more...Williams may be no Cziffra but offers another view of Liszt that is as valid as it is compelling.”

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