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Pelerinage Highlights from Wales's Pre-Eminent Pianist

Magazine article Gramophone

Pelerinage Highlights from Wales's Pre-Eminent Pianist

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Liszt

Annees de pelerinage--annee 2: Italie, S161--No 3, Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa; No 4, Sonetto 47 del Petrarca; No 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca; No 6, Sonetto 123 del Petrarca; No 7, Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata. Venezia e Napoli, S162 -Tarantella. Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude, S173 No 3. Isoldes Liebestod, S447 Llyr Williams pf Signum (F) SIGCD290 (75' * DDD)

Those familiar with the lively acoustic of the (audibly empty) Wyastone Concert Hall will know what kind of piano sound to expect. Llyr Williams's instrument is a highly responsive thoroughbred. Perhaps it is the microphone placement that gives the upper treble its penetrating tone at ff or just that it gives the impression, at some dynamic levels, that the hammer felts need pricking.

What is unexpected--and rather unusual--is the way in which Williams handles Liszt in this programme of masterworks which features what might be described as the best bits from the Deuxieme annee and Supplement, with 'Benediction de Dieu' and Liebestod as substantial bonuses. …

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