Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

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Melvyn Tan: Master & Pupil

Melvyn Tan: Master & Pupil


Beethoven:

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Czerny:

Rode Variations Op. 23

Funeral march for Beethoven, Op.146

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178


Melvyn Tan (piano)

Melvyn Tan has a strong association with the music of Beethoven having made pioneering recordings for EMI of the 5 Piano Concertos and the Choral Fantasia with Sir Roger Norrington and the London Classical Players. He also made several discs of the sonatas, and one very special recording on the then newly restored Broadwood piano that was Beethoven’s own instrument. On this disc Melvyn plays on a modern Steinway. The theme of the CD is Master & Pupil.

Focusing on three of the great pianist composers of the 19th century who represent the beginning of a long line of masters and pupils that can be traced to the present day via Martin Krauss and Edwin Fischer to Alfred Brendel and Paul Lewis.

The young Carl Czerny (along with Ferdinand Reis) became a long term pupil and friend of Beethoven at the early age of 10, performing some of the concertos, and working with Beethoven on preparing works for their premiers – not an easy task. A brilliant virtuoso and a highly skilled (if over productive) composer, his legacy lives on to this day in his studies – every pianist will have come across these. His reputation was held in high regard by Liszt, Brahms and Debussy, and it was the young Liszt that Czerny took under his wing in 1819. Liszt later dedicated his 'Transcendental Studies' to Czerny. In 1823 Beethoven saw the 12 year-old Liszt perform and after kissed the child on the forehead. Liszt’s monumental B minor Sonata is the true heir to Beethoven’s visionary late sonatas.

“His performance of Liszt’s Sonata in B minor may not be as grandly impassioned or mercurial of mood as some, but Tan’s performance, full of long, graded crescendos and with a convincing large-scale shape, is finely judged and ultimately very persuasive.” The Guardian

“The main interest of this disc lies in the Czerny pieces. Very few of his thousand plus piano works are played today, and the Rode variations do indeed reflect a felicitous talent, with their increasingly virtuoso embroidery on the theme … [Tan] plays the Bagatelles with the right sort of empathy, honouring both their folk song sweetness and their anarchic playfulness” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016 ****

“played to gourmet standards, with generous lashings of cream.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“The progression, for me, is from marvellousness to absolute delectation: Tan’s Liszt. His playing is always exquisite, but much more than that.” Sunday Times, 30th October 2016

“[The Rode Variations] finds Tan in his finest form, with fabulous filigree” International Piano, May 2017 ***

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Peter Uppard plays Liszt & Fauré

Peter Uppard plays Liszt & Fauré


Fauré:

Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 63

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 74

Nocturne No. 11 in F sharp minor, Op. 104 No. 1

Nocturne No. 12 in E minor, Op. 107

Nocturne No. 13 in B minor, Op. 119

Liszt:

Funérailles (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7)

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178


Peter Uppard (piano)

Green Label releases an exceptionally rare coupling of towering masterpieces by Liszt and Fauré, performed by pianist Peter Uppard.

Few virtuoso pianists find their technical wizardry the smallest use in penetrating the profound emotional depths and complexity of Fauré's late piano music. Nor does it help them to convey the structural cohesion of Liszt's greatest composition. Without virtuosity of listening the genius of these works can remain elusive. Not so in this recording by Peter Uppard which Sir Charles Mackerras described as "Magnificent", a verdict echoed by the composer Joseph Horovitz, highlighting the remarkable clarity of thought with which Uppard reveals the compositional logic of Liszt's monumental achievement. For all who in the past may have found this music perplexing these performances capture the architectural mastery of Liszt's B minor Sonata and liberate the subtlest nuances of Fauré's finest creations. After several broadcasts on radio and television Peter Uppard entered the Royal Academy of Music at the age of eighteen on a major scholarship. At his début recital at the Wigmore Hall the music critic of The Times hailed him "a vintage claret worth watching", adding that his performance of Beethoven's Sonata Opus 109 was "interpreted as penetratingly and inwardly as one could wish." Appointed Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, for twenty-three years he was celebrated by generations of students whom he coached in the whole range of music from Byrd to Birtwistle. He has also written music for film, ballet, and the theatre.

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Louis Kentner plays Balakirev, Lyapunov & Liszt

Louis Kentner plays Balakirev, Lyapunov & Liszt


Balakirev:

Islamey - Oriental Fantasy

recorded on 14 June 1944

Mazurka No. 6 in A Flat

recorded on 14 April 1944

Piano Sonata in B flat minor

recorded on 2 June 1949

Rêverie in F major

recorded on 15 June 1944

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

recorded on 28 May & 4 June 1948

Lyapunov:

12 Études d'exécution transcendente, Op. 11 (complete)

recorded on 13–15, 20 & 29 December 1949

Étude d'exécution transcendente, Op. 11 No. 1 'Berceuse'

recorded on 7 March 1939 (first recording)


Though born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire and having studied and launched his career in Budapest, Louis Kentner decided to relocate to London in the 1930’s and for the next 50 years remained a part of the British musical establishment. He was a mainstay of the Columbia catalogue throughout the 1930’s and 40s where he recorded a wide range of repertoire including the ‘Hammerklavier’ sonata and many premiere recordings of major Liszt works. APR has already devoted two CDs to the latter (APR5514 & APR5614). In the 1950s he went on to record for HMV, both as soloist and as duo partner to Menuhin, whose brother-in-law he had become through marriage.

Almost all the recordings on this set date from the end of the 78rpm era and have been unjustly neglected as a result. Two major works of the late romantic Russian repertoire, the Balakirev Sonata and the Lyapunov Transcendental Studies, here received their premiere recordings, and to many listeners, they have yet to be surpassed. Kentner had an invincible Lisztian technique; there was no one better to tackle Lyapunov’s homage to Liszt’s own ‘Transcendentals’. He was also able to take complete command of that other virtuoso warhorse – Islamey.

Of particular interest is Kentner’s only recording of the Liszt Sonata, and a magnificent one it turns out to be. Issued on 78s in 1951 when most other labels had switched to LP, this recording had a very short life and has never previously been reissued. It is a major addition to the available discography of Liszt sonatas and to Kentner’s legacy.

“Avoiding salon platitudes, Kentner’s readings exude a rich, fin de siècle perfume. Islamey may be less dazzling than some more recent recordings, but it is beautifully laid out and thoroughly virtuoso…this release comes as another welcome instance of APR’s continuing efforts to bring the history of recorded piano playing to our ears” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“Kentner’s recordings given a new lease of life” MusicWeb International, 21st September 2016

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Dedication: Nicholas Angelich

Dedication: Nicholas Angelich


Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 10 in A flat major

Dedicated to Liszt

Étude Op. 10 No. 12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary'

Dedicated to Liszt

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Dedicated to Robert Schumann

Schumann:

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Dedicated to Frédéric Chopin


With ‘La Ronde’, Nicholas Angelich pays tribute to the relationships between three of Romanticism’s greatest composers for the piano. Schumann, Chopin and Liszt were born within 18 months of each other and knew each other personally. Schumann dedicated Kreisleriana to Chopin, who dedicated two of his Op.10 Etudes to Liszt, who, closing the circle, dedicated his B minor Piano Sonata to Schumann.

With this album entitled ‘La Ronde’, Nicholas Angelich pays tribute to the relationships between three of Romanticism’s greatest composers for the piano, all born within 18 months of each other in 1810-11: Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin.

Until now, Angelich’s recordings for Erato have placed a special emphasis on a composer of the subsequent generation, Johannes Brahms, leading the Daily Telegraph to praise him for interpretations of “a wholly exceptional drama, sweep and impeccable craftsmanship.” Le Figaro, meanwhile, has described him as “an artist who uses his piano to the maximum of its possibilities … combining total mastery with an ultra-sensitive touch," while the Huffington Post has written that “with beautiful sound, a wide dynamic range, without virtuosity or effort, he never let us forget the overwhelming message of the music he embodied with all his soul.”

In the first instance the name ‘La Ronde’ – meaning ‘round dance’ – might evoke the initially controversial play by Arthur Schnitzler (Reigen in German) that was most famously adapted by Max Ophüls for his 1950 French-language film. There is, however, nothing controversial about the programme for Angelich’s recital: uniting four highly contrasted landmarks of the Romantic piano repertoire, it emphasises the mutual respect between the three great pianist-composers: Schumann dedicated Kreisleriana to Chopin; Chopin in turn dedicated two of his Op.10 Etudes to Liszt, and Liszt in turn dedicated his B minor Piano Sonata to Schumann.

Even though the three composers led very different lives, they did know each other personally. Liszt first met Chopin in Paris in 1831 and praised him for revealing “a new phase of poetic sentiment combined with such happy innovation in the form of his art.” That same year Schumann, writing in the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung, greeted a work by Chopin with the words, “Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!” Chopin and Schumann first met in 1835 in Leipzig and again the following year. In 1840, Schumann travelled to Leipzig to meet Liszt – they had been corresponding for several years prior to this trip, exchanging scores and complimenting each other’s work. When Schumann heard Liszt perform, he wrote: "How extraordinarily he plays, boldly and wildly, and then again tenderly and ethereally!”

Nicholas Angelich, American-born, but French-trained, is especially admired in the Central European repertoire of the 19th century, with Liszt, Schumann and Chopin all prominent in his personal pantheon. In 2011, Liszt’s centenary year, he gave notable performances of the composer’s formidable Années de pèlerinage, while he expressed some fascinating views on Schumann and Chopin in an interview for the French website Jejouedupiano: “Schumann knew how to make the piano sound in a very special way, in accordance with his wishes. I don’t think it is fair to set the supposed ‘clumsiness’ of his writing against the natural facility that people ascribe to Chopin, the Prince of Pianists. Chopin had a special relationship with his instrument, which he understood like no-one before him.”

“Angelich’s new release reveals him at a new level of artistic accomplishment....[his] magisterial virtuosity is uniquely contemporary, even as his imaginative grasp easily encompasses a persuasive vision of the 19th-century ethos...his poignant lyricism not far from the mercurial pathos of Bernhardt.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

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Disc of the Month - July 2016

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Josef Bulva plays Franz Liszt

Josef Bulva plays Franz Liszt


Liszt:

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 4

Grande Étude de Paganini, S. 141 No. 3 'La Campanella'

Étude d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini, S. 140 No. 5

Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 11 'Harmonies du soir'

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Polonaise No. 2 in E major, S223 No. 2

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 8 'Wilde Jagd'

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 9 'Ricordanza'

Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Radio Symphony Orchestra Luxembourg, Daniel Nazareth


Josef Bulva (piano)

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Liszt: Piano Sonata

Liszt: Piano Sonata

& other works


Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

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)


Angela Hewitt’s notes for this important new album describe a teenager’s moment of revelation when she first came to appreciate the epic masterpiece that is the Liszt Piano Sonata. Here we have a heart-felt recording where this palpable sense of wonder is manifest alongside Hewitt’s enthralling technical facility at the keyboard.

The programme is completed by the second half of Liszt’s dazzling second Année de pèlerinage collection: the three Petrarch Sonnets and the noble Dante Sonata, the latter composed as a fund-raiser for the Bonn Beethoven monument in 1839.

“Hewitt has a refreshing attitude to Liszt...Virtuosity is only the start [of the Dante Sonata]. Here, in the B minor sonata and in the three youthful Petrarch Sonnets, Hewitt is magisterial. For many years Bach has been her calling card. Her Liszt is, if anything, yet more compelling.” The Observer, 1st February 2015 ****

“Hewitt’s Liszt interpretations are both exquisite and dramatic, at once finely thought-out and exalting. From the first bar, the Sonata is invested with a freshness...Wise long pauses are left between items, time in which to forget every music you ever knew.” Sunday Times, 8th February 2015

“Elegant and immaculate in both musicianship and platform wardrobe, the pianist Angela Hewitt doesn’t immediately rush to mind when considering the wild music of Liszt...Even if her approach sometimes rubs against the music’s grain, the poise and clarity of her textures and phrasings still brings major pleasures.” The Times, 6th February 2015 ****

“She recognises that the sonata is a work of emotional extremes, but of extremes that are close-knit and have a clear expressive focus...Hewitt’s interpretation scores over those that veer from one dramatic incident to another without paying due attention to the shaping of the quieter moments of bliss and repose.” The Telegraph, 1st March 2015 ****

“What enviable poise and expressive beauty to launch the central Andante...Hewitt holds her own to such an extent that she makes you forget all about odious comparisons and listen instead to one of the great milestones in all music...This is possibly the very finest of Angela Hewitt's many recordings.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

“Hewitt allows [the Sonata's] huge single-movement span to unfold with a sense of space and a purposeful clarity - qualities akin to the manner of Beethoven's late sonatas...Hewitt, a hugely experienced Bach-performer, delivers [the Allegro] at an unexaggerated pace, and with a precisely articulated vividness that works superbly.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ***/****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2015

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Trifonov Live

Trifonov Live

The Carnegie Recital and Trifonov Plays Chopin


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Rondo a la Mazurka, Op. 5

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 18

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

Mazurkas (3), Op. 56

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Medtner:

Fairy Tale in E Flat major Op. 26 No. 2

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 'Sonata Fantasy'


“His technique is so impeccable that with him, the rest is expression of identity in its purest form. That identity emerges in all the things he's not able to put into words: tenderness, depth, but sometimes also dark abysses.” (Deutsche Welle)

“Trifonov's performance was a marvel, a mixture of exuberance and fabulous subtlety.” (The Guardian)

“Virtuosity is one thing, youthful exuberance another. Many aspiring talents survive on just one of these qualities. A lucky few have both. No one combines them with musical maturity the way Daniil Trifonov does. The technical brilliance is always at the service of his powerful imagination. The exuberance is controlled by his natural musicianship. What makes him such a phenomenon is

the ecstatic quality he brings to his performances – an all-consuming intensity-of-belonging on the public platform that translates into something thrilling, absorbing, inspiring.” (Financial Times)

“What mattered, and made this such a dazzling event, was the total conviction, the wash of fresh light that the soloist shone on a familiar work. The pointilist precision that turned runs into taut little storylines and chords into multi-hued meditations; the unexpected accent that reconfigured a phrase into something witty or piercing; the ache and yearning of his lyrical lines, made more powerful by his never milking them ... All these details and more were molded into something by turns gripping, lush, wistful, wanton; and, in sum, rhapsodic in the broadest sense of the term.” (San Francisco Classical Voice)

“his trademarks include an extraordinary, inspired intensity mingled with a veritable flood of insight and imagination...[in the Carnegie Hall recital] Trifonov's levels of energy and inspiration would probably be enough to fuel at last two usual pianists...Every piece has a defined sound-world; nothing is repetitive; each feels lit from within, as if improvised on the spot. This is a treat and a half.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2014 ****/*****

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Grieg & Liszt: Piano Sonatas

Grieg & Liszt: Piano Sonatas


Grieg:

Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7

First International Release on CD

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 - Nocturne

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Mendelssohn:

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Caprice, Op. 33 No. 1


Alicia de Larrocha’s magisterial, sonorous, even coruscating performance of Liszt’s B minor Sonata is here preceded by altogether more genteel repertoire from the 19th century – pairs of pieces by Grieg and Mendelssohn. A rarity – making its first appearance on CD internationally – is Grieg’s only solo piano sonata was written in eleven days at Rungsted, near Copenhagen, in June 1865 and published a year later. It is rarely performed or recorded today. Likewise, Mendelssohn’s A minor Caprice, dizzyingly despatched by Larrocha, is unfairly neglected The lovely ‘Notturno’, on the other hand, is one of Grieg’s best-known miniatures and likewise, Mendelssohn’s Variations sérieuses one of his best-known solo piano pieces.

“[In the Liszt Sonata] she is illuminating often on matters of weight and touch (for example the rapid arpeggios in the first Agitato bit, also later); the fugue begins with splendid lightness and attack (the piano sound just about ideal here) … The recording is … indispensable listening for devotees of superior pianism” Gramophone Magazine, April 1978

“musicianship and real keyboard bite [in the Mendelssohn] … She plays the popular Grieg Nocturne with much impressionistic colour and sensitivity” Gramophone Magazine, June 1970

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Liszt: Sonata in B minor & Late pieces

Liszt: Sonata in B minor & Late pieces


Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Nuages gris, S199

En rêve - Nocturne S207

Schlaflos Frage und Antwort, S203

La Lugubre Gondola I, S200 No. 1

Unstern: sinistre disastro S208

Four Little Piano Pieces

Richard Wagner - Venezia, S201


Paul Lewis (piano)

“Not for Lewis an empty display of pyrotechnics or sentimental indulgence. The Sonata is rigorous and driven by architectural accuracy.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2014 ****

“Paul Lewis’s account of Liszt’s B minor Sonata - surely his greatest masterpiece - still stands as one of the finest available … Lewis’s reading lacks nothing in sheer power – it can be rightly accorded the knee-jerk adjective ‘barn-storming’ … The recording is superb … This is a great recital, and a disc to be treasured; thanks and full credit to Harmonia Mundi for re-releasing it.” MusicWeb International, 23rd September 2014

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Daniil Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital

Daniil Trifonov: The Carnegie Recital


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Medtner:

Fairy Tale in E Flat major Op. 26 No. 2

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 'Sonata Fantasy'


Opinions differ on whether he is the heir of Horowitz, Richter or Kissin but in that line of giants, critical opinion is unanimous: Daniil Trifonov is THE great Russian pianist for the 21st Century.

In the past thirty years, the honour of a live Carnegie Hall recital recording has been bestowed by DG upon only two other pianists: Mikhail Pletnev and Lang Lang. Daniil Trifonov now joins this elite company for his very first recording on the Yellow Label.

Recorded in February this year, this richly contrasted and spectacularly virtuosic programme includes much-loved classics by Chopin and Liszt and is the perfect album to introduce the world to DG’s newest piano star . Born 22 years ago in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, Trifonov is already the winner of the Grand Prix, First prize and a Gold Medal in the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2011.) Beyond his phenomenal technique, he is a distinctly Russian artist: an intense, soulful musician in the great Russian tradition whose presentation and repertoire set him apart from all other young piano stars of today.

“Portions of the Liszt B minor Sonata surge and roar like a hydroelectric power station. Filigree lines in Scriabin’s Sonata Fantasy in G sharp minor decoratively glint in the moonlight. In between the gorgeous spurts we need more glue to help camouflage the music’s episodic structures.” The Times, 4th October 2013 ****

“the torrents of octaves in ...the Liszt are astonishing in their brilliance, boldness and bravura. Rather, the key thing here is that Trifonov can harness his digital strength, stamina and skill to a highly developed sense of the music’s expressive substance...a captivating recital brimful of character.” The Telegraph, 21st November 2013 *****

“what's impressive here is not just the magnificent and reactive pianism on show but also his maturity. His Chopin Preludes possess a stunning elan...Perhaps it's no coincidence that Trifonov is also a composer; he has a composerly grasp of the structure of all the works here.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

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