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Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage / Bertrand Chamayou

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>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli, S 162
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli, S 162
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
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Notes & Reviews:

"Alpine sources and pastures steeped in the lyricism of Lord Byron and Senancour; an Italian odyssey in which Raphael, Michelangelo, Pet-rarch and Dante are juxtaposed with the entrancing spectacle of the shores of Lake Como or of the Venetian lagoon - the intertwining of all these sentiments, impressions and recollections resulted in the teeming pianistic breviary of the Années de pèlerinage, that vast personal diary which, after some forty years of elaboration, limpidly reflects the moving itinerary of Liszt over the course of his life. When I began thinking about a project that would be my contribution to the bicentenary of the Hungarian composer, I was very quickly seized by the urge to take up the challenge of this marathon work, thereby making my own pilgrimage into the heart of Liszt's output." - Bertrand Chamayou

"I was frankly bowled over by the young French pianist's staggering technique, commanding artistry, wide color palette, and controlled concentration. These qualities consistently inform his Naïve recording of the complete cycle, which may well become a version of reference... Naïve's superb, realistic engineering makes me forgive the rather pretentious booklet annotations. An outstanding release in every way." -Classics Today (10/10)

BBC Music Magazine
Chamayou (on a Steinway) offers a luminous, supple, poetic sensibility that you sense is uncannily close to how Liszt himself would have imagined and played these wondrous pieces. Chamayou's technique, while huge, is also brilliantly clear: his way with Book One's 'Orage' is a phenomenal combination of lucidity and raging Byronic power.

Financial Times
Far from being too much of a good thing, Chamayou's survey underlines the depth and breadth of Liszt's inspiration. If poetic imagination is the prime quality one looks for in a Liszt interpreter, Chamayou has it in spades... His shimmering "Les Jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este" is the highlight of Book Three.

Gramophone Magazine
One to make even the finest Lisztians look to their laurels. Hear him in the three Petrarch Sonnets, where a soaring sense of ecstasy is complemented by balzing eruptions of passion, everything engulfed as it were in restless and romantic enquiry. His 'Dante' Sonata brims over with a virtuoso savagery that dazzles and astounds... Yet even more remarkable is Chamayou's profoundly expressive response to the third and final book.

Sunday Times
Chamayou is clearly a superb Lisztian, and makes the sequence of 26 pieces equally compulsive and delectable to listen to. Everything should be singled out, but I loved, as ever, the wonderful free-floating inventions of the Petrarch Sonnets in the Italian second book; and who could resist Chamayou's streamingly brilliant account of Les Jeux d'eau de la Villa d'Este, from Book 3?

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, France (2011-03-??&2011-06-??&2011-).



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>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, France (2011-03-??&2011-06-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, France (2011-03-??&2011-06-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1861

>Liszt, Franz : Venezia e Napoli, S 162
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, France (2011-03-??&2011-06-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
  • Performer: Bertrand Chamayou (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, France (2011-03-??&2011-06-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877-1882