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Liszt: Sonata In B Minor, Mephisto Waltz No 1, Italie / Berezovsky

Liszt / Berezovsky
Release Date: 04/13/2010 
Label:  Mirare   Catalog #: 99   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz LisztFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded during recitals given at the Royal Festival Hall and the Festival de la Grange de Meslay, this release opens with one of the most alive and vividly detailed Liszt Sonata interpretations I've heard in years. The exposition's notoriously exposed octaves are discreetly pedaled and shaded with apt harmonic pointing. The lyrical D major theme manages to press forward while conveying a sense of breathing room. At Boris Berezovsky's jaunty pace, the Fughetta's polyphony is clear without exaggeration. In the coda, the pianist's fluid, natural rubato lends tremendous force and dramatic point to the climaxes, including, of course, the octave peroration.

Venezia e Napoli's three pieces demonstrate how one can make expressive
Read more points through color and inflection with minimum tempo modification, and the same is true throughout Mephisto Waltz No. 1, which is one of the few performances I know that is unified by one basic, rarely modified tempo. Such an unorthodox approach may not appeal to all tastes, yet I find it refreshing.

Harmonies du soir is more flexible and spacious than in Berezovsky's earlier Teldec recording, and the whimsically inflected Chopin A-flat Waltz Op. 42 makes for a smile-inducing encore. In short, this disc counts among Berezovsky's finest, together with his Beethoven concertos and Chopin/Godowsky Etudes.

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

1. Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/15/2009 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, L 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2. Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/26/2009 
Venue:  Festival de la Grange de Meslay, Tours 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/26/2009 
Venue:  Festival de la Grange de Meslay, Tours 
Length: 9 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4. Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 11, Harmonies du soir by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/26/2009 
Venue:  Festival de la Grange de Meslay, Tours 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5. Waltz for Piano in A flat major, B 131/Op. 42 "Grande Valse" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/2009 
Venue:  Festival de la Grange de Meslay, Tours 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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