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Homage to Liszt / Eric Himy

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliees (4) for Piano, S 215
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
>Liszt, Franz : Annees de pelerinage, deuxieme annee, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Grey clouds)
>Liszt, Franz : Liebestraume for Piano, S 541
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse"
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Etude no 3 after Paganini
>Liszt, Franz : En reve - nocturne
>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
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Notes & Reviews:

The New York Times has described Eric Himy's playing as "flawlessly poised with elegance and brilliance." His compelling artistry has intrigued audiences on five continents. His technique has been compared recently by the 2007 Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande to that of the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz and called him "a sensual gourmand of sound ".



Reviews

FANTASTIC LISZT!
American Record Guide March /April 2009 LISZT: Homage Eric Himy, piano Centaur 2858-78 minutes Himy's homage series continues with selec­tions from the piano works of Liszt in an assortment and order of his choosing. The 11 pieces range from Funerailles to Mephisto Waltz 1, with stops at the Dante Sonata, Liebestraum 3, and La Campanella along the way. Rarities, such as Nuages Gris and En Reve, are also included. Mr Himy brings his full virtuosic skills to Busoni's arrangement of La Campanella and accepts Busoni's challenge to outdo the Hun­garian master. In the oft-performed Funerailles we find power leavened by expres­sive lyricism, with the drama never held back. Les Jeux a la Vilia d'Este and Au bord d'une source carry expression forth with just the right amount of rubato to make it work. Liebe­straum 3, on the other hand, sounds spectac­ularly fussy when given the near over-the-top rubato treatment. The piece is just too well­ known to be pulled apart with such heart-on­ sleeve emotion. The Dante Sonata has had many fine per­formances recently. This is another good one. Both the Valse Oubliee 1 and Mephisto Waltz 1 leave little to be desired, save a tendency to slow down at phrase endings. Himy definitely asserts his personality. His notes are also high­ly personalized, and the recorded sound is plush. The cover photo shows Himy with a devilish glint in his eye-very appropriate for this kind of Liszt playing. This album shows an artist willing to avoid the ordinary. BECKER American Record Guide 167
Submitted on 04/03/09 by mark g 
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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Funerailles
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Liszt, Franz : Nuages gris (Grey clouds)
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse"
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: after 1846

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Etude no 3 after Paganini :: "La Campanella," transcription for piano in G sharp minor (after Liszt,
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Liszt, Franz : En reve - nocturne
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Liszt, Franz : Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1"
  • Performer: Eric Himy (Piano)
  • Notes: Saint Lukes Church, McLean, VA (05/21/2008-05/23/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1859-1862