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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Playing of exceptional refinement regarding dramatic impact and the varying of textures.
Barenboim's CD release presents some of the best piano sound I have heard, and also playing of exceptional refinement regarding dramatic impact and the varying of textures. The disc opens with the 1852 transcription of the Entry of the Guests on the Wartburg from Tannhauser in a rip-roaring performance that conveys orchestrally massive effects with ideal panache. Barenboim's advocacy makes a complete nonsense of Sacheverell Sitwell's disparaging remarks about these transcriptions. DG have managed to cope well with fortissimo episodes; they never pound. But then Barenboim throughout the disc reveals an extraordinary mastery over the
dynamic range. The Spinning Chorus transcription might strike some as a little mannered, but the dizzy humour of his performance is so individual as to win me over for one.
-- James Methuen-Campbell, Gramophone [3/1986]
Works on This Recording
Featured Sound Samples
Entrance of the Guests from Wagner's Tannhäuser
Fantasy on Themes from Wagner's Rienzi
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