Notes & Reviews:
Master & Pupil focuses on three of the great pianist composers of the 19th century who represent the beginning of a long line of masters and pupils. The young Carl Czerny became a long term pupil and friend of Beethoven at the early age of 10, performing some of the concertos, and working with Beethoven on preparing works for their premiers. A brilliant virtuoso and a highly skilled composer, his legacy lives on to this day in his studies. His reputation was held in high regard by Liszt, Brahms and Debussy, and it was the young Liszt that Czerny took under his wing in 1819. Liszt later dedicated his Transcendental Studies to Czerny.
In 1823 Beethoven saw the 12 year-old Liszt perform and after kissed the child on the forehead. Liszt's monumental B minor Sonata is the true heir to Beethoven's visionary late sonatas. Melvyn Tan has a strong association with the music of Beethoven having made pioneering recordings for EMI of the piano concertos and several of the sonatas that include a performance on Beethoven's own instrument. On this disc, Tan plays on a modern Steinway.
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