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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Debussy, Liszt / Llyr Williams

Mussorgsky / Debussy / Liszt / Williams,Llyr
Release Date: 11/30/2010 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 226  
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyClaude DebussyFranz Liszt
Performer:  Llŷr Williams
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Ll?r Williams’s version presents the piece in all its craggy glory, with such eloquent force that you can’t understand the need to have an orchestral version." -- TheArtsDesk.com

"Pictures at an Exhibition is cleverly programmed here alongside works from Debussy and Liszt which enrich one’s appreciation of it … Williams’s touch throughout is subtle but assuredly dramatic, shifting between the various Pictures confidently." -- The Independent

"… Williams comes into his own in the delicious pentatones of Debussy’s Estampes, followed by two Liszt travelogues and a Bach transcription, where he has much to say." -- Norman Lebrecht

Described as “one of the truly great
Read more musicians of our time” by The Times, Ll?r Williams brings an extraordinary musical intelligence to his interpretations and performances. These works are all evocative musical ?pictures? of different times and places: from Debussy?s decidedly Spanish Estampes to Mussorgsky?s vivid Pictures at an Exhibition.

"…And few could have expected his performance of Mussorgsky?s Pictures at an Exhibition to be so overwhelming. There wasn?t a finger out of place all evening, and the dramatic plotting was spot on…" -- The Guardian, 2 March 2009, Andrew Clements (Wigmore Hall Recital)
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Works on This Recording

1. Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
2. Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
3. Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 1, Sposalizio by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
4. Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163: no 4, Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
5. Ave Maria for Piano, S 182 "Die Glocken von Rom" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Llŷr Williams (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Rome, Italy 

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