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André Watts: Piano Recital 1986 - Franz Liszt

> Annees de pelerinage, 1st year, Switzerland, S160/R10 - Annees de pelerinage, 1st year, Switzerland, S160/R10: No. 2. Au lac de Wallenstadt (At the Lake of Wallenstadt)
> Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b - Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No. 2. Il penseroso (The Thinker)
> Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21 - Piano Sonata in B minor, S178/R21
> 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106 - 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244/R106: No. 13 in A minor
> 4 Valses oubliees, S215/R37 - 4 Valses oubliees, S215/R37: Valse oubliee No. 1
> Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141/R3b - No. 1 in G minor
> Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141/R3b - No. 2 in E flat major
> Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141/R3b - No. 3 in G sharp minor, "La campanella"
> Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141/R3b - No. 4 in E major
> Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141/R3b - No. 5 in E major
> Grandes Etudes de Paganini, S141/R3b - No. 6 in A minor

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Au lac de Wallenstadt, for piano (Annees I/2), S.160/2 (LW A159/2)
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliees (4) for Piano, S 215
>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

André Watts was born in 1946 in Nuremberg, the son of an American soldier and a Hungarian pianist. He was just 9 years old when he made his concert debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra playing the Haydn D Major concerto. As a 16-year-old, Leonard Bernstein asked the young man to step in for a performance of Liszts First Piano Concerto. It was Watt's breakthrough concert and thereafter, Bernstein would become his mentor and Leon Fleisher his teacher. His career continued to develop over the following decades and Watts maintains his mastery to this day, though he performs with less frequency. This recording comes from 1986 and shows the pianist at the full disposal of his virtuoso skills.

BBC Music Magazine
This remarkable pianist, born in 1946, is seldom heard in concert now, but this recital is treasurable. His Liszt is spacious, almost leisurely, and intensely poetic.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This festival performance dates from May 1986, well after the time that Watts rocketed to fame when he stood in for Glenn Gould, but still early in his performing career (to this day he tours actively and is on the faculty at Indiana University). There is plenty of youthful exuberance on hand in this fine Liszt recital.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Schwetzinger Schloss (05/25/1986).



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Au lac de Wallenstadt, for piano (Années I/2), S.160/2 (LW A159/2)
  • Performer: André Watts (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: André Watts (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1840

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: André Watts (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: André Watts (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215
  • Performer: André Watts (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1881

>Liszt, Franz : Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140
  • Performer: André Watts (Piano)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851