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Liszt: B-A-C-H Variations, Piano Sonata / Markus Groh

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
>Liszt, Franz : Fantasie & Fuge uber das Thema B-A-C-H, for piano, S. 529/2 (LW A250/2)
>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz, for piano, S. 525 (LW A62)
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Notes & Reviews:

The young pianist Markus Groh, first prize winner at the Queen Elizabeth competition in 1995, makes his recording debut with a stunning performance of Liszt's iconic Piano Sonata together with the lesser-heard solo piano versions of Fantasy and Fugue on Bach and demanding 'Totentanz.' Groh's impressive international itinerary includes performances of the great romantic repertoire with such orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic.

The Guardian
He is clearly a talent to watch. The approach was fresh, the clarity and musicality of his phrasing impeccable, and his range of keyboard colour quite remarkable.

Gramophone Magazine
Here is Liszt playing of rare passion and musical integrity. There is no tip-toeing round the great B minor Sonata, no imposition of self-conscious effects or losing the thread through over-interpretation. Over and above its masterful construction and ingenious thematic interplay, it is a virtuoso vehicle that should thrill the listener - and Groh scintillates. More thunder and fireworks follow in Liszt's solo version of his Totentanz, its transcendent difficulties brushed aside with aplomb and exuberant relish.



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>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Markus Groh (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel - Neumarkt/Overpfalz, Germany (12/20/2004-12/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853

>Liszt, Franz : Fantasie & Fuge über das Thema B-A-C-H, for piano, S. 529/2 (LW A250/2)
  • Performer: Markus Groh (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel - Neumarkt/Overpfalz, Germany (12/20/2004-12/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz, for piano, S. 525 (LW A62)
  • Performer: Markus Groh (Piano)
  • Notes: Reitstadel - Neumarkt/Overpfalz, Germany (12/20/2004-12/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1865