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Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata; Dante Sonata; Petrarch Sonnets / Angela Hewitt, piano

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Liszt, Franz : Sonetto del Petrarca no 47 (Benedetto sia'l giorno; II), for piano (Années II/4), S. 161/4 (LW A55/
>Liszt, Franz : Sonetto del Petrarca no 104 (Pace non trovo; II) for piano (Années II/5), S. 161/5 (LW A55/5)
>Liszt, Franz : Sonetto del Petrarca no 123 (I'vidi in terra angelica costumi; II), for piano (Années II/6), S. 161
>Liszt, Franz : Aprés une lecture du Dante II, fantasia quasi sonata, for piano (Années II/7) S. 161/7 (LW 159/7)
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Notes & Reviews:

Sunday Times, 8th February 2015
Hewitt's Liszt interpretations are both exquisite and dramatic, at once finely thought-out and exalting. From the first bar, the Sonata is invested with a freshness...Wise long pauses are left between items, time in which to forget every music you ever knew.

The Telegraph, 1st March 2015
She recognises that the sonata is a work of emotional extremes, but of extremes that are close-knit and have a clear expressive focus...Hewitt's interpretation scores over those that veer from one dramatic incident to another without paying due attention to the shaping of the quieter moments of bliss and repose.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2015
Hewitt allows [the Sonata's] huge single-movement span to unfold with a sense of space and a purposeful clarity - qualities akin to the manner of Beethoven's late sonatas...Hewitt, a hugely experienced Bach-performer, delivers [the Allegro] at an unexaggerated pace, and with a precisely articulated vividness that works superbly.

The Observer, 1st February 2015
Hewitt has a refreshing attitude to Liszt...Virtuosity is only the start [of the Dante Sonata]. Here, in the B minor sonata and in the three youthful Petrarch Sonnets, Hewitt is magisterial. For many years Bach has been her calling card. Her Liszt is, if anything, yet more compelling.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2015
What enviable poise and expressive beauty to launch the central Andante...Hewitt holds her own to such an extent that she makes you forget all about odious comparisons and listen instead to one of the great milestones in all music...This is possibly the very finest of Angela Hewitt's many recordings.

The Times, 6th February 2015
Elegant and immaculate in both musicianship and platform wardrobe, the pianist Angela Hewitt doesn't immediately rush to mind when considering the wild music of Liszt...Even if her approach sometimes rubs against the music's grain, the poise and clarity of her textures and phrasings still brings major pleasures.

Angela Hewitt's notes for this important new album describe a teenager's moment of revelation when she first came to appreciate the epic masterpiece that is the Liszt Piano Sonata. Here we have a heart-felt recording where this palpable sense of wonder is manifest alongside Hewitt's enthralling technical facility at the keyboard. The program is completed by the second half of Liszt's dazzling second Année de pèlerinage collection: the three Petrarch Sonnets and the noble Dante Sonata, the latter composed as a fund-raiser for the Bonn Beethoven monument in 1839.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Hewitt's technical expertise is never in question. This she amply demonstrates in all of her Bach recordings. It's all nicely controlled, each note studied to perfection.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (05/19/2014-05/22/2014).



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>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (05/19/2014-05/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Liszt, Franz : Sonetto del Petrarca no 47 (Benedetto sia'l giorno; II), for piano (Années II/4), S. 161/4 (LW A55/
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (05/19/2014-05/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Liszt, Franz : Sonetto del Petrarca no 104 (Pace non trovo; II) for piano (Années II/5), S. 161/5 (LW A55/5)
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (05/19/2014-05/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Liszt, Franz : Sonetto del Petrarca no 123 (I'vidi in terra angelica costumi; II), for piano (Années II/6), S. 161
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (05/19/2014-05/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: after 1846

>Liszt, Franz : Aprés une lecture du Dante II, fantasia quasi sonata, for piano (Années II/7) S. 161/7 (LW 159/7)
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (05/19/2014-05/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849