Liszt - Etudes after Paganini | Capriccio C5276

Liszt - Etudes after Paganini

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Label: Capriccio

Cat No: C5276

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 10th March 2017

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"What a man, what a violin, what an artist! […] And his expression, his manner of phrasing, and finally his soul!" – Franz Liszt, 1831 (about Paganini)

Liszt’s transcriptions and arrangements of Paganini’s Etudes occupy a towering position in the piano repertoire. A salute from Liszt to his great contemporary, these works make extraordinary technical demands. Liszt is clearly attempting here to become the Devil’s pianist, a counterpart to the Devil’s violinist, Niccolò Paganini, and this he clearly succeeds in doing. The 1851 version, held to be nearer to Liszt's intentions, is generally the more commonly performed edition today. This CD, however, offers an interesting, direct comparison with the earlier version from 1838, with its denser notation demanding transcendental technical skills.

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