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Liszt: Années De Pèlerinage / Lazar Berman


Release Date: 03/16/1993 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 437206   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lazar Berman
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lazar Berman combines grandeur and sensibility to a rare degree and his response to challenging Book Three, in particular, is of the highest musical quality and poetic insight.

Liszt's three volumes of Annees de pelerinage are rarely recorded complete, largely because many pianists remain baffled by the dark-hued prophecy and romanticism of the third and final book. So it is particularly gratifying to welcome Lazar Berman's superb 1977 DG recordings back into the catalogue, particularly when so finely remastered on CD. Berman is hardly celebrated as the most subtle or refined of pianists, but at his greatest he combines grandeur and sensibility to a rare degree and his response to Book Three, in particular, is of the
Read more highest musical quality and poetic insight. Try the opening of "Angelus", where Liszt depicts the uncertain peal of bells with an impressionistic delicacy worthy of Debussy, and you will surely marvel at how far he journeyed from the earlier flamboyance of, say "La Campanella"—a wholly different chime. Berman's resource here is scarcely less remarkable and his performance of the entire book is hauntingly inward and sympathetic to both the radiance of "Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este" and to Liszt's truly dark night of the soul (lamentoso, doloroso and so on), to his desolating lack of spiritual solace elsewhere. Berman's performance of "Jeux" is indeed a far cry from other more superficially brilliant accounts by Pletnev or Andre Watts (EMI, 12/86—nla) and in his hands "Sursum Corda" only achieves its final uplift after pages or a truly harrowing intensity.

Berman is hardly less persuasive in the first two books. "Chapelle de Guillaume Tell" is a true celebration of Switzerland's republican hero with alpine horns ringing through the mountains, while in "Au lac de Wallenstadt" Berman's gently undulating traversal is truly pianissimo and dokissimo egualamente. His "Orage" is predictably breathtaking, though even he cannot match the pulverizing force in this piece of Joseph Villa (Second Hearing—nla), and in the gloomy Byronic "Vallee d'Obermann" the severest critic will find himself discarding his Becicmesser's pencil, mesmerized by Berman's free-wheeling eloquence. On the debit side, "Eglogue" is more breathless than serene and "Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa" is occasionally heavy-handed. Berman's three Petrarch Sonnets, too, are less consistently ardent than those from Artur Pizarro or Kathryn Stott on their more recent recordings, but elsewhere he is as warmhearted as he is masterful, concluding Venezia e Napoli (Book Two's supplement and garland of encores) with the most characterful and virtuosic of all recorded Tarantellas.

-- Gramophone [11/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Venezia e Napoli, S 162 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lazar Berman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1977 
Venue:  Alter Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 19 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lazar Berman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1877; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1977 
Venue:  Alter Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 56 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Années de pèlerinage, première année, S 160 "Suisse" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lazar Berman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1977 
Venue:  Alter Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 48 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Weimar, Germany (1848 - 1854). 
4.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lazar Berman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1977 
Venue:  Alter Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 51 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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