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Andre Watts Plays Liszt Vol 2


Release Date: 10/22/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64601   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 32 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144: no 3 in D flat Major, Un sospiro by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Nuages gris for Piano, S 199 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Bagatelle ohne tonart for Piano, S 216a "Mephisto Waltz no 5" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6.
Nocturne for Piano, S 203 "Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Nocturne for Piano, S 207 "En rêve" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 10 in F minor by Franz Liszt
Performer:  André Watts (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
  The Liszt Sonata by Watts October 20, 2014 By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews "10-20-2014 Franz Liszt wrote his Sonata in b minor in 1853 and published it in 54. It was his largest scale solo piano work and sealed him as a majr reitalist composer for all time. few works in this genre are as symphonic in concept as the b minor Sonata, and here is pianist Andre Watts playing it on this EMI CD< slong with other shorter pieces from various points in his career. There is a heroic motto theme that comes around several times in this piece that is one of music's nobeliist of all ideas, and it has captivated audiences now for over 150 years. The Sonata, as captured here by EMI runs a lesurely 32:09 and was recorded in New York City in mid November of 1985. The entire album, with the additional tracks of brief piece and remants runs a total of 57:26 of divine playing by Mr. Watts. Artistic Impressions Mr. Watts renders this Sonata with powerful strikes on the keys and almost assaults the piano, not unlike the composer had routinely done in his performing career. He also, nonetheless pulls back eloquently during the several motto theme statements, which he executes with much stature and nobility. One if the most dramatic performances one is likely to find, this full, red-blooded American approach I found quite enjoyable and moving, as I could easily imagine the composer at work in it's creation, back in the 1850's. Liszt had pretty much set aside his performing career for the domestic tranquility of being a full time composer and living with the Princess Carolyn Wittgenstein, in Weimar. During these mid 1850's he wrote his "Faust" and "Dante" Symphonies, amongst other works and of course, this very famous b minor Sonata. I was repeatedly tempted to stop reviewing this work and just sit back to let it's lush and rich texture to bathe me with it's doothing majesty and lofty rhetoric. The final chords are heavenly and plain otherworldly. zi do believe you will enjoy this tour de force, played unabashedly and without a touch of regret by a dynamic, young Andre Watts, heart-on-th-sleeve as truly Romantic music SHOULD be played. So, order it today, close the windows, give the dog a bone, unplug the phone and just sit back and ENJOY! A well deserved 5 star performance and a high recommendation from yours truly, plus a hearty God bless you, Tony. AMDG!!!!!" Report Abuse
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