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Pierre-Laurent Aimard honours Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday (October 22, 1811) with his most ambitious recording for Deutsche Grammophon to date. In this extensive 2-CD set, Aimard juxtaposes a selection of Liszt’s works with compositions by Liszt’s contemporaries and successors who were inspired by the Hungarian composer. Recorded live in Vienna’s Konzerthaus over two evenings, Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s Liszt project is a pinnacle of the Liszt Year commemorations.
La Lugubre Gondola, S.200 No.1
Eine Sonate für das Album von Frau Mathilde Wesendonck in As, WWV85
Nuages gris, S.199
Piano Sonata, Op.1
Unstern! -Sinistre , S208
Piano Sonata No.9, Op.68 "Black Mass"
Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso
Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Cantando espressivo
Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Andante sostenuto - Quasi Adagio
Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Allegro energico - Stretta quasi Presto - Presto - Prestisssimo - Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai
Années de pèlerinage: 3ème année, S.163 - 2. Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este No.1 (Thrénodie)
4 Dirges, BB 58, Sz. 45 (Op.9a) - 4. Assai andante
Saint francois d'assise la predication aux oiseaux
Miniature estrose, 1st book - Tangatu manu
Années de pèlerinage: 3ème année, S.163 - 4. Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este
Catalogue d'oiseaux / Book 2 - 4. Le Traquet stapazin
Années de pèlerinage: 1e année: Suisse, S.160 - 6. Vallée d'Obermann
16th October 2011
“There’s intelligent method in this two-disc mega-recital...Disc two ingeniously pairs four works from Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage collections with descriptive pieces by Bartok, Marco Stroppa, Ravel and Messiaen, highlighting poetic, formal, textural and gestural similarities galore. Aimard’s readings are characterised by a clarity that allows detail and shape rightful pre-eminence.”
16th October 2011
“Bombarded as we are by Liszt recordings in his anniversary year, this is refreshingly different. Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is also a skilled maker of programmes...Since large quantities of Liszt in one sitting can be indigestible, this is an excellent way into the B minor sonata and sections of Années de pèlerinage.”
30th October 2011
“Aimard has long established himself as the thinking person’s pianist. His Liszt Project juxtaposes a selection of Liszt’s works with compositions by contemporaries and successors who were inspired by him...It’s a strong idea, sustained by the Frenchman’s fastidious pianism, but it comes across more as a lecture-recital than a satisfying listening experience.”
“Aimard is a supremely intellectual pianist and his intense, rigorously thought-out playing illuminates the two programmes...Aimard's approach is purposefully cool in order to highlight the structural elements of the piece and while there's some exquisite hushed playing, the thunderous climaxes don't build with quite enough abandon.”
“This impressive double album is surely one of the most intelligent recorded contributions to the Liszt Bicentenary of 2011...Nothing in Aimard's performances is done for mere effect: throughout, he projects Liszt with a solidity and refinement of invention. A superb achievement.”
“In the main, the later the Liszt the more impressive Aimard is...he is ideally persuasive that no composer stayed younger in his desire to make something new...Aimard's reading of the B minor Sonata is distinguished - intellectually satisfying, as it should be, as the most intelligent and far-reaching of all post-Beethoven sonatas on a large scale.”
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