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Liszt: Les Années de Pèlerinage, Books 1 and 2 / Craig Sheppard, piano [2 CDs]

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
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Notes & Reviews:

In the April, 2011, issue of London's International Record Review of Sheppard's most recent CD releases, The Last Three Piano Sonatas by Franz Schubert, Robert Matthew-Walker noted: "It was Hans Keller who said that all great artists are, by virtue of what they do, also great teachers, and those who have heard Sheppard's recent recording on the Roméo label - particularly the complete Beethoven sonatas and the Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues, will know the truth of that statement... The City of Seattle and the students at its University are indeed fortunate to have him in their midst." To celebrate Franz Liszt's 200th birthday on October 2011, Craig Sheppard performed the first two books of Les Années de Pèlerinage in Seattle, the recording heard on the present release, and he will also perform these Liszt masterpieces in New Delhi, and Auckland in the coming months.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
One of Liszt's universally acknowledged masterpieces is the three-book set called Years of Pilgrimage. Perhaps the best-known and largest works in each book demonstrate the complete pianism of Sheppard. Both Vallée d'Obermann from Book 1 and the closing work in Book 2, Apres une Lecture du Dante, are staples of the piano repertoire. Both have some repetitious themes, and musicality of the highest order is required to shape the performances and keep them interesting. "Breathtaking" is appropriate word here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Meany Theater, Seattle (10/20/2011-10/21/2011).



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>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
  • Performer: Craig Sheppard (Piano)
  • Notes: Meany Theater, Seattle (10/20/2011-10/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: Craig Sheppard (Piano)
  • Notes: Meany Theater, Seattle (10/20/2011-10/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1861