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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Barbara Nissman now calls West Virginia home and lives on a farm in the Allegheny Mountains. She received her doctorate in music from the University of Michigan where she was a student of Gyorgy Sandor. Well known for her definitive recordings of the complete piano music of Ginastera and the complete piano sonatas of Prokofiev, she returns to her 19th century roots with this Liszt recording. Hailed by a New York critic as "one of the last pianists in the grand Romantic tradition of Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Rubinstein" her connection to Liszt's pianism reaffirms her approach to the 20th century pianism of Prokofiev and Ginastera. As Bela Bartok said about Liszt: "It is strange what a great number, I might even
say the overwhelming majority, of musicians have been unable, for all its novel and magnificent properties to become fond of the music of Liszt....the disapproving criticism stresses the point that it is `trivial and tedious'....Side by side with this triviality nearly all his works show a marvelous audacity of either form or invention. This audacity is an almost fanatical striving for what is new and rare....The earliest of his great compositions that offer so mush is his Sonata for the Piano....In respect to form, the work is almost perfect, which is rare with Liszt and is a revolutionary innovation."
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