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Liszt: Sonata in B minor; selected piano works / Paul Lewis, piano

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
Not for Lewis an empty display of pyrotechnics or sentimental indulgence. The Sonata is rigorous and driven by architectural accuracy.

MusicWeb International, 23rd September 2014
Paul Lewis's account of Liszt's B minor Sonata - surely his greatest masterpiece - still stands as one of the finest available ... Lewis's reading lacks nothing in sheer power - it can be rightly accorded the knee-jerk adjective 'barn-storming' ... The recording is superb ... This is a great recital, and a disc to be treasured; thanks and full credit to Harmonia Mundi for re-releasing it.

This CD featuring Paul Lewis presents the two faces of Franz Liszt. The Sonata in B minor shows us a forty-year-old virtuoso, overflowing with enthusiasm - an exuberance much more evident in the work's form than in its character. Thirty years later, it is an entirely different man who opens his heart in La lugubre gondola, Unstern and Schlaflos. In the interim, the old man has lost his lovers and friends, and confesses to an irreparable 'bitterness of heart.'


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