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Liszt: Complete Music for Solo Piano Vol 34 / Leslie Howard

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Grandes Études (12) for piano, S. 137 (LW A39)
>Liszt, Franz : Morceau de salon, étude de perfectionnement, for piano (after Fétis), S. 142 (LW A63a)
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Notes & Reviews:

'Howard brings his customary technical wizardry to bear on this outrageously difficult music in an arresting virtuoso display' (Gramophone)

'La virtuosité roborative de Leslie Howard trouve ici son meilleur emploi' (Diapason, France)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
In this first recording of the concert version of the Douze Grandes Etudes (1837), Leslie Howard brings his customary technical wizardry to bear on this outrageously difficult music in an arresting virtuoso display that demonstrates Liszt's consummate skill at transforming musical material.

Moreover, despite Liszt's exhortation that only the later revisions of the studies should be played, there's a great deal to recommend the 1837 set, as these performances attest. The extreme technical demands of these pieces have led to critical scorn, but the challenges they contain aren't designed merely for display, but are the result of the composer's comprehensive exploitation of the piano's expressive capabilities.

Saint-Saëns said that 'in Art a difficulty overcome is a thing of beauty' and, in the present instance, Howard's own triumph over the monumental difficulties posed by these pieces reveals the astonishing beauty of Liszt's 'orchestral' use of tone colour and sparkling virtuosity.



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>Liszt, Franz : Grandes Études (12) for piano, S. 137 (LW A39)
  • Performer: Leslie Howard (Piano)
  • Notes: 10/17/1994-10/19/1994
  • Running Time: 72 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1838

>Liszt, Franz : Morceau de salon, étude de perfectionnement, for piano (after Fétis), S. 142 (LW A63a)
  • Performer: Leslie Howard (Piano)
  • Notes: 10/17/1994-10/19/1994
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840