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'Piano Reflections'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Piano Reflections'

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'Piano Reflections'

Beethoven Piano Sonata No 14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2 Chopin Nocturnes-No 2, Op 9 No 2; No 13, Op 48 No 1 Debussy Suite bergamasque Liszt Liebestraum, S541 No 3 Mendelssohn/ Rachmaninov A Midsummer Night's Dream Scherzo Saint-Saens/Liszt/Horowitz Danse macabre, Op 40 Schubert/Liszt/Horowitz Standchen, S559a Tchaikovsky The Seasons, Op 37b--June: Barcarolle Wencheng Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake Ji Liu pf Classic FM/Universal [F] CFMD33 (78' * DDD)

Classic FM has been grooming the young pianist Ji Liu for his debut solo CD, leaving nothing to chance. The repertoire is tried and true, with a couple of Horowitz transcriptions thrown in, and the inevitable traditional Chinese song served up in a piano arrangement that's easy on the ears and the brain.

Liu opens with a meticulously articulated yet rather earthbound Mendelssohn/ Rachmaninov Scherzo that doesn't quite match the lightness and elegance others bring to this difficult transcription (Friedrich Horicke on MDG, Garrick Ohlsson on EMI or Vladimir Ashkenazy on Decca, to say nothing of Moiseiwitsch and Rachmaninov himself). …

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