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Liszt: Lieder Von Franz Schubert

Magazine article Gramophone

Liszt: Lieder Von Franz Schubert

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Lieder von Franz Schubert--Erlkonig, S558 No. 1; Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria), S558 No. 12; Gute Nacht, S561 No. 1; Des Madchens Klage, S563 No. 2; Der Muller und der Bach, S565 No. 2. Ballade No. 2, S171. Aida: Danza sacra e duetto finale (Verdi), S436. Rondeau fantastique sur un theme espagnol f El contrabandista'), S252. Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 12

Valentina Lisitsa pf

Decca (F) 478 5352DH (76' * DDD)


One could hardly guess from the demure pose struck by Decca's photogenic soloist for her CD's booklet that she can make a piano roar and thunder in the way she does in Liszt's B minor Ballade. Her performance of this masterpiece will no doubt divide opinion, not least because of her cavalier regard of Liszt's note values and her old-fashioned deployment of desynchronised hands. She also makes a cut of eight bars on the second appearance of the big tune at the end. Her stablemate Nelson Freire did the same on his Liszt recital (8/11) but not even he matches the enormous wave of sound produced by Lisitsa just before this episode, marked fff and then rinforzando molto--a spine-tingling moment then compromised by a period of complete silence longer than the all-too-brief gaps between every track on this disc. …

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