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A Portrait Of Tamas Vasary


Release Date: 11/10/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93900   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsClaude DebussyFranz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1962 Stephen Plaistow wrote of the Liszt E flat Polonaise on this set that ‘the playing of the E majorPolonaise is outstanding: it has bravura, exquisite timing and poise, colour, delicacy, plenty of rhythmiccharacter and an air of ebullient pomp that is quite irresistible.’ You might expect such ebullience from Vásáry in the music of his fellow-countryman Liszt, especially given his reputatation, cultivated and strengthened over decades, of specialism in a composer whose refined and elusive idiom requires such immersive study to escape the confines of virtuosity and even approach the expressive heart of the novel structures and evanescent textures exhibited by the B minor Sonata and the Légende No.2, of St Francis walking on the water. Read more Such qualities will likely make a fine Debussyan of a pianist, too, and so, we may be unsurprised to learn, from the pages of Gramophone again, that the Suite bergamasque has ‘the right blend of chaste gravity and sensuous charm’ and Clair de lune ‘is a model of style’. What may come as more of a surprise to those unaware of Vásáry’s eminence over half a century now as pianist, conductor and more importantly musician, is the vigorous authority of his Brahms, ideally set off here by the stamping energy of the two comparatively early variation sets of Op.21, the Op.35 Variations and the more heartfelt Klavierstücke Op.76. These recordings are from much later, the digital era indeed, but they reflect the promise felt by Stephen Plaistow, in 1967 this time, that ‘As one listens to his playing one senses at all times the intelligence and taste that lie behind it. The future of fine piano-playing seems assured while there are young pianists like him and Vladimir Ashkenazy around with maybe 40 years of playing ahead of them: a splendid thought! Further information m.granger@foreignmediagroup.com• Classic recordings of Romantic piano literature• Reviews in specialist press• New and original booklet notes Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations (11) for Piano on an Original Theme, Set 1, Op. 21 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Germany 
2.
Variations (13) for Piano on a Hungarian Dance, Set 2, Op. 21 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Germany 
3.
Variations (28) for Piano on a theme by Paganini, Op. 35 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1863; Austria 
4.
Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
5.
Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
6.
Tarentelle styrienne "Danse" by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1890; France 
7.
Arabesques (2) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1891; France 
8.
Suite for Piano "Pour le piano" by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896-1901; France 
9.
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
10.
L'isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
11.
Masques by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
12.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
13.
Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
14.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 2 in E major, Un poco piů mosso by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
15.
Consolations (6) for Piano, S 172: no 3 in D flat major, Lento placido by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1850; Weimar, Germany 
16.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
17.
Grandes Etudes (6) de Paganini, S 141: no 3, La Campanella by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851 
18.
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 15 in a "Rákóczy March" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1886 
19.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 2, St Francis de Paule walks on water by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
20.
Transcendental Etudes (6) after Paganini, S 140: no 2 in E flat major "Octave" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Switzerland 
21.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
22.
Polonaises (2) for Piano, S 223: no 2 in E major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
23.
Réminiscences de Don Juan (Mozart), S 418 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 

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