Notes and Editorial Reviews
Recorded during recitals given at the Royal Festival Hall and the Festival de la Grange de Meslay, this release opens with one of the most alive and vividly detailed Liszt Sonata interpretations I've heard in years. The exposition's notoriously exposed octaves are discreetly pedaled and shaded with apt harmonic pointing. The lyrical D major theme manages to press forward while conveying a sense of breathing room. At Boris Berezovsky's jaunty pace, the Fughetta's polyphony is clear without exaggeration. In the coda, the pianist's fluid, natural rubato lends tremendous force and dramatic point to the climaxes, including, of course, the octave peroration.
Venezia e Napoli's three pieces demonstrate how one can make expressive
points through color and inflection with minimum tempo modification, and the same is true throughout Mephisto Waltz No. 1, which is one of the few performances I know that is unified by one basic, rarely modified tempo. Such an unorthodox approach may not appeal to all tastes, yet I find it refreshing.
Harmonies du soir is more flexible and spacious than in Berezovsky's earlier Teldec recording, and the whimsically inflected Chopin A-flat Waltz Op. 42 makes for a smile-inducing encore. In short, this disc counts among Berezovsky's finest, together with his Beethoven concertos and Chopin/Godowsky Etudes.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Boris Berezovsky (Piano)
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany
Date of Recording: 03/15/2009
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, L
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs.
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