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Liszt: Sonata In B Minor, Mephisto Waltz / Patrice Lare

Liszt / Lare
Release Date: 06/09/2009 
Label:  Xxi   Catalog #: 1533  
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Patrice Laré
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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LISZT Rapsodie espagnole. Mephisto Waltz. Transcendental Études: No. 10. Piano Sonata. SCHUMANN-LISZT Widmung Patrice Laré (pn) XXI 1533 (63:06)


Laré enjoys the considerable distinction of having taken a program of tired jades—warhorses pounded into insensibility by legions of prizewinners and clueless wannabes—and breathing new life into most of it to keep one’s attention on the stretch for Read more nearly an hour of nuance-dimpled feline grace and purring prowess. At 28 minutes, the Sonata is one of the more briskly paced accounts on disc, but never hustled—heard beside Gunnar Johansen’s sheer impact, for instance, or Argerich’s volatility, Laré’s élan seems paradoxically relaxed, or suavely urgent. The Rapsodie espagnole recalls Bolet’s in its refusal to pound, though without Bolet’s brilliant coloristic blazes. The Mephisto Waltz , on the other hand, is halting and low voltage—one returns to the likes of Horowitz, Wild, Ogdon, Cziffra, et al., for the leering enactment the piece is palpably meant to be. But the Étude and the Schumann transcription are radiant. It is the easy largesse of an intriguing artist with nothing to prove and much to say. Sound is close and detailed, but never overbearing. Enthusiastically recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Patrice Laré (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
2. Rhapsodie espagnole for Piano, S 254 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Patrice Laré (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1863; Rome, Italy 
3. Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 10 in F minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Patrice Laré (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
4. Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110: no 2, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Patrice Laré (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 

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