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Byron Janis: Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Liszt, Janis, Living Presence
Byron Janis: Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
 
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Byron Janis was a pupil of Vladimir Horowitz, and one of the most exciting pianists of his generation. Like his colleague and contemporary, Van Cliburn, he burned out after a brief but brilliant career, much of which was, ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Liszt, Janis, Living Presence
Title: Byron Janis: Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 9/12/1990
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Concertos, Short Forms, Suites, Instruments, Reeds & Winds
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028943200226

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Byron Janis was a pupil of Vladimir Horowitz, and one of the most exciting pianists of his generation. Like his colleague and contemporary, Van Cliburn, he burned out after a brief but brilliant career, much of which was, fortunately, documented in a stunning series of recordings produced by Mercury Living Presence. They are some of the greatest piano discs ever made, and they are all now available on CD. Mercury was the first American label to actually record in the Soviet Union, and these performances of the Liszt piano concertos are one of the few serious rivals to Sviatoslav Richter's famous Philips versions. If you love this music, you'll want both. --David Hurwitz

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THE BEST INTERPRETATION
01/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This piece has never had such a bold, broad, and powerful, yet amazingly sensitive performance. It overwhelmed me the first time I heard it, with it's opening chords. One feels a great amount of power and confidence(though that may not have been how Mr. Janis felt during the performance.) Soon with the sensitive scales perfected with elegance, the listners is amazed at such control of the pianist. Throughout the performance, Mr. Janis embraces the audience with magical sounds, leading us all in a whole new adventure."
Dazzling & Mature Performance!!
Scriabinmahler | UK | 03/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"
The dazzling 1962 Moscow Live perffromance of the two Liszt Concertos by Byron Janis, recorded at the hight of his career, is probably the most technically and artistically accomplished among all of his commercial recordings with RCA & Philips. Not a stir from the crowd, you can tell the hushed silence of awe-struck audience.

Both concertos display his maturity as an artist, super-fine tonal delicacy and titanic virtuosity coupled with depth of sound, and may well match Richter's 50 & 60s live performances.

Kondrashin and Rhozdestwensky gives equally outstanding contribution with the orchestras. The stereo sound is vividly alive and warm, with wide dynamic range. Must for anyone who seek serious pianism in highest order."
Brilliant!
Scriabinmahler | 12/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Byron Janis's approach to the First and Second Concertos are excellent. His interpretation was unlike any other recording or artist I had ever heard. The third movement of the First Concerto was especially exhillarating. When I heard it, I got an adrenaline rush. His touch is amazing; he can make the instrument sing, thunder, crash, or bounce lightly. His mastery is an excellent model for any serious piano student. If you are thinking of buying this CD, I highly recommend it!"