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Franz Liszt: Via Crucis; Jean-Claude Pennetier, piano; Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve

Conductor Ensemble

Notes & Reviews:

Via Crucis is one of Franz Liszt's boldest and most original works. Its musical inspiration, which ranges from Gregorian chant to Lutheran chorales, is expressed in extremely modern harmonies that presage the coming atonal revolution. Diapason d'Or winner Jean-Claude Pennetier joins the Estonian ensemble Vox Clamantis on this program, which is completed by Liszt piano pieces on a religious theme and plainchant from the liturgy of Holy Week, one of the major sources of inspiration for Via Crucis.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The voices are youthful, bright, and caught at very close range by the engineers. I think Via Crucis really needs that atmosphere to be all it can be. I have the same response to the piano sound, which is extremely bright and set at the front of the sound stage. Again, I hear the good intentions.


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