Liszt - Sonata in B minor, Piano Works | Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord HMA1951845

Liszt - Sonata in B minor, Piano Works

Label: Harmonia Mundi - Musique d'Abord

Cat No: HMA1951845

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 14th July 2014



- Editor’s Choice, Gramophone
- *****, The Guardian
- Radio 3 Disc of the Week
- Gramophone Critics’ Choice
- Pianist Recommended

"The poetry and grandeur of his playing put Paul Lewis's Liszt among the Greats…even in a crowded market place (where Horowitz, Gilels, Richter, Argerich, Brendel and Pollini, etc, jostle for attention) Paul Lewis's recording stands out for its breadth, mastery and shining musicianship. Eschewing all obvious display, he concentrates on the Sonata's Monumental weight, grandeur and ever-elusive inner poetry. His sense of drama is dark and intense and his reading of the central Andante sostenuto alone puts his performance in the highest league…one of the finest, most intelligently planned Liszt recitals to have come my way for many years. Harmonia Mundi's sound is of demonstration quality.” - Bryce Morrison, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone, October 2004

a performance of unflinching energy and power, of youthful intensity and sharp- edged clarity. There’s never a moment that isn’t filled with interest or edge- of-the-seat excitement. Lewis’s playing has an irresistible magnetism. It has a reflective charm, too, in the shorter, lesser-known pieces that complete this Liszt homage - the delicate Four Piano Pieces, the delicious En Rêve and the pensive La Lugubre gondola among them." - Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 10 September 2004

Lewis's refusal to indulge in self-conscious flamboyance generates tremendous, brooding intensity throughout. Those who equate Liszt purely with bravura showmanship will probably be fazed. If you really care about his music, however, you'll love it." - Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 17 September 2004, *****

"[Lewis] tackles Liszt's monumental Sonata with an energy and power that sweeps all before it, while allowing room for thoughtful introspection, too. It's an astonishing performance." - Andrew Clarke, The Independent, 2-8 October 2004, 4/5

Oh and Santa, if you’re passing, I wouldn’t mind at all if you dropped Paul Lewis’s majestic account of the Liszt B minor Sonata down the chimney.” - Lindsay Kemp, Critics’ Choice, Gramophone, December 2004

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