Notes & Reviews:
This impressive solo disc of Liszt's piano music is British pianist Warren Mailley-Smith's most recent solo recording, made to celebrate the composer's bicentenary in 2011. The disc includes a well-contrasted overview of a number of Liszt's most popular and challenging works by the great Hungarian pianist and composer, including the devilish Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and the wonderfully characterized Rigoletto Paraphrase, set against works such as the Consolation No. 3 and Un Sospiro. Standout tracks include a finger-breaking rendition of the immortal Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, and a breathtaking account of the rarely performed Concert Study "Il Lamento."
BBC Music Magazine
Warren Mailley-Smith plays these well-worn Liszt favorites as if discovering their special quality for the very first time, with a beguiling, velvet-glove sonority.
'Il Lamento' is probably the finest I have heard on CD in a long time...the clarity of the playing and pedalling is very evident in the sparkling trills...this pianist obviously thinks a great deal about the music he is playing.
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