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Liszt Recital / Polina Leschenko

Release Date: 10/30/2007 
Label:  Avanti Classic   Catalog #: 1027   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFranz Liszt
Performer:  Polina Leschenko
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you think that big, unfettered, golden-toned Romantic pianism is the exclusive property of the dead, then you've yet to hear Polina Leschenko. Her flamboyant technique and ardent temperament revel in rolling virtuosic paragraphs and bass lines that haven't soared so elegantly since Benno Moiseiwitsch's prime. Sample the Bach A minor Fugue's rhapsodic dynamism, or the Chaconne's fiery passagework, and you'll agree. On the other hand, Leschenko proves almost too freewheeling as she speeds up and slows down sections of the Faust Waltz, dissipating Liszt's carefully orchestrated keyboard textures. However, a similarly energetic, improvisatory, yet more forward-moving profile rivets your attention throughout the B minor Sonata. Anyone who can Read more take total, incisive charge of the treacherous octaves and danger-packed leaps without the slightest banging has my admiration. On the basis of this disc, Polina Leschenko is a real virtuoso pianist, and an exciting one too. Recommended.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Polina Leschenko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni. 
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Polina Leschenko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Preludes and Fugues (6) of JS Bach for Piano, S 462: no 1 in A minor, BWV 543 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Polina Leschenko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842-1850; Weimar, Germany 
Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod's "Faust", S 407 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Polina Leschenko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1861; Weimar, Germany 

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