Liszt - Complete Hungarian Rhapsodies | Piano Classics PCLD0108

Liszt - Complete Hungarian Rhapsodies

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Label: Piano Classics

Cat No: PCLD0108

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 22nd July 2016

Contents

Artists

Vincenzo Maltempo (piano)

Works

Liszt, Franz

Hungarian Rhapsodies (19), S244

Artists

Vincenzo Maltempo (piano)

About

This 2-CD set contains a new recording of the complete 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by Liszt, an immense achievement of Vincenzo Maltempo, who has established himself as one of the foremost pianists of his generation.

Liszt wrote his Rhapsodies at the peak of his powers as a travelling piano virtuoso. They form his homage to the country of his birth, Hungary, using (quasi) folk melodies in the Hungarian mode. Usually constructed in binary form, a slow melancholy introduction and a fast and furious folk dance finale, they are vehicles of true sentiment, deep passion and blazing virtuosity, a part of the standard concert repertoire of many pianists.

Vincenzo Maltempo has already made his name with his spectacular recordings of the piano music by Alkan for Piano Classics: “exhilarating, a revelation!” (Guardian, selected among the 10 best CDs of 2012), “his playing flashes with summer lightning” (Gramophone), “Maltempo puts his phenomenal technique at the service of his poetic vision” (Piano News), “with this passionate performance Maltempo confirms his place in the restricted circle of Alkan’s best performers” (5 star, Diapason) and many more.

Reviews

In 1968 Alfred Brendel shrewdly observed of Liszt’s Rhapsodies, ‘these are the pieces we perhaps have the most to make restitution to’. Nearly 50 years later, that remains a debt still largely unpaid, despite many worthy attempts. However, this complete set comes very close to settling accounts. ... This well-recorded set, thoughtfully and reverently conceived, captures the magic Liszt invested in these richly evocative pieces, unique in the 19th-century literature.  Patrick Rucker
Gramophone February 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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