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Liszt: Adelaide (Beethoven), S466

Magazine article Gramophone

Liszt: Adelaide (Beethoven), S466

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Liszt

Adelaide (Beethoven), S466. Fantasy and Fugue (Bach, BWV542), S463. Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este, S163 No. 4. Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S173-No. 3, Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude; No. 7, Funerailles. Nuages gris, S199. Klavierstuck, S192 No. 2. Mephisto Waltz No. 1, 'Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke', S514

Garrick Ohlsson pf

Bridge (F) BRIDGE9409 (76' * DDD)

Compared to the full-bodied sound of Lisitsa's Liszt recital Garrick Ohlsson's is 'cabined, cribbed, confined'--not unappealing but a little too intimate for the bigger works to be heard at their best. There is, for example, no hint of the origins of the Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, the Fugue tripping merrily along as though it were the final movement from one of Bach's English Suites. In what the booklet calls 'Les jeux d'eaux a [nr] la Villa d'Este', the small acoustic leaves little room for the piano to truly sing, and with Ohlsson making spare use of the pedal, there are long passages when this tone-poem sounds more like a staccato etude. …

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