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Liszt: Dance of the Dead; Petrarch Sonnets; Tchaikovsky / Sergio Tiempo

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz for Piano, S 525
>Liszt, Franz : Petrarca Sonnets (3) for Piano, S 158
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
Performer Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With this brand-new release, piano virtuoso Sergio Tiempo reveals stunning live recordings made at the "Martha Argerich Presents" Festival in Lugano. The first half of the program is devoted to Franz Liszt, beginning with a thunderous "Dance of the Dead" masterly conducted by Ion Marin. Three magnificent Petrarch Sonnets follow, at the same time mystical, poetic, and highly virtuosic. The finale is an amazing performance of Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto shaped in collaboration with Alexander Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, one of the most influential musicians of our era and a conductor without equal.

Fanfare Magazine, July / August 2012
If Tiempo were a new, young talent just out of the conservatory or fresh from a competition win, I'd say he'd be one to keep an ear out for. But at 40, he's an established artist with a wide-ranging international career and, presumably, a musical personality that's had time to mature and jell. One will therefore either cotton to his approach or not. I think I would have to agree with Peter J. Rabinowitz who, in a Fanfare 30:1 review of Tiempo's Mussorgsky, Chopin, and Ravel CD, was critical of the pianist for much the same reasons I am regarding the present release. With so many excellent alternatives to choose from, it's hard to give this album the thumbs up.



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>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz for Piano, S 525
  • Performer: Sergio Tiempo (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ion Marin
  • Ensemble: Orchestra della Svizzeria Italiana
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1862
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Petrarca Sonnets (3) for Piano, S 158
  • Performer: Sergio Tiempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1849

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Sergio Tiempo (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alexandre Rabinovitch
  • Ensemble: Orchestra della Svizzeria Italiana
  • Running Time: 33 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Live