- Audio CD
- Language: English, English
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD, Limited Edition, Import
- Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
- ASIN: B004UPLPD2
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Franz Liszt (CD/DVD) CD, Limited Edition, Import
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Description for Franz Liszt (CD/DVD)
Khatia Buniatishvili's debut album is devoted to Franz Liszt in whose music she seeks and finds her idea of musical completeness and pianistic perfection. The repertoire places a focus on the Faust theme: Liszt's third Liebestraum was inspired by Goethe's Faust and the Mephisto Waltz was inspired by Nikolaus Lenau's Faust poem. The centerpiece of the recording, the Sonata in B Minor, is technically one of the most demanding works ever written for piano and is followed by Liszt's first Mephisto Waltz (The Dance in the Village Inn). La lugubre gondola ends with a whole-tone scale and the note G sharp, leading into the key of the last piece on the recording, Liszt's arrangement of Bach's transfiguring Prelude and Fugue in A Minor.
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Someone gave this disc one star. And it is easy to get infuriated at such boldness, such vagary. He is saying that this recording is in the bottom 20 per cent of things he has listened to? In all genres? For all time?
Once again, stop it. There are classical aficionados out there. They certainly listen to more classical music than I do, no doubt. I am still about 60 per cent Jazz. And I think they have a gender bias in many cases, these aficionados. They certainly have a strong lean towards their favorite past recordings. (We are not young guys, face it.) One pattern from their past defines the way they hear the sonata, or any other recording frankly. They do not understand that this is a limitation. Where but classical can you hear fifteen different people playing the same piece? And attempting to follow the same map, unlike jazz?
She plays, in deep, as I say, this dark haired Khatia. And I think even Beethoven would respect the Piano Concerto #1 from his pen as I first heard her play out there on the internet. I think deaf Beethoven just watching her play that piece would know: this girl is playing my music, and oh, I would love to hear it. You know, after he got over the shock of just, well, the internet.
Khatia’s Liszt is beautiful as well. This young girl should be proud. And you should have a listen.
On to the technical. The CD is well produced, the available dynamic range is adequately (if not quite fully) used, there is no clipping, no undue noise, and no other artifacts jump at me even during critical listening in headphones. Speaking of which, with a decent audio chain (for instance my setup is: MacBook-Pro/XMOS Asynchronous USB DAC/Matrix M-Stage/Beyerdynamic DT990-Pro) this CD recording will put you front row and center stage - a witness to the begining of the journey of an unquestionably tallented young performer, and that alone is well worth the admission price - 5 star.