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|Franz Liszt, piano Christopher Taylor|
Etudes d'execution transcendante (Twelve Transcendental Etudes)
Genres: World Music, Classical
Liszt returned to the Etudes a third time in 1852 and created the work of art wae know today. Liszt added poetic titles to ten of the twelve etudes, and laveled them Etudes of "transcendental execution." Here is Liszt the ... more »
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Liszt returned to the Etudes a third time in 1852 and created the work of art wae know today. Liszt added poetic titles to ten of the twelve etudes, and laveled them Etudes of "transcendental execution." Here is Liszt the mature artist, tightening the etudes'structure and subordinating the pianistic fireworks to nobler musical goals; it is probably no coincidence that he wrote these after retiring from regular performing. The traditional notion of the "etude," with its pedagogical focus on a single technique, is almost entirely absent; each contains a wide variety of pianistic challenges, and the performer must already possess a full arsenal of technical skills. Overall, the Transcendental Etudes are studies in pianistic potential: Liszt's ingenuity ultimately expands the instrument's expressive range.
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe 4/4/2003
Mary Kay Kapustka | Denver, CO United States | 05/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"PIANO MAN: This has been a great season for pianists, and we haven't heard Dubravka Tomsic, Murry Perahia, or Robert Levin yer. Still, the blazing performance of Messiaen's "Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus" by Christopher Taylor in the Gardner Museum is likely to stand as a point of reference for many seasons to come.
Taylor's latest CD has just appeared, another colossus of the repertory, Liszt's "Transcendental Etudes" on a new Denver label called Liszt Digital. Taylor devours these pieces but he also savors them; as in the Messiaen, Taylor is as attentive to detail as he is to sweep. If he gives "Mazeppa" a wild ride, he is also sensitive in "Paysage" and "Ricordanza." No pianist of past or present can claim to be uniformly effective in all twelve of the pieces; "Feux Follets" ("Fireflies") lacks lightness and flicker. But there is genuine exaltation in Taylor's delivery of "Harmonies du soir." The recorded sound is spectacular, and there is an endearing photo in the booklet of Taylor toweling off after hissuperhuman effort in the recording sessions."
This is a CD to own and appreciate.
C. Sum | San Francisco, CA | 10/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Christopher Taylor is a rising star in the world of classical piano with a growing following. He has blazing technique and excellent musicianship. For those of us fortunate enough to have seen him in concert, he performs with great intensity and intelligence, usually fearlessly tackling the most difficult pieces in the piano repertoire with a combination of fire and tenderness. The Etudes are some of Liszt's most difficult work, both technically as well as emotionally, but they shine under Christopher's hands. The sound quality is superb - kudos to the engineer. It is a solid addition to anyone's musical library. The person who gave the bad review earlier must have been listening to a different recording entirely."
"Transcendental as defined by Christopher Taylor"
Mary Kay Kapustka | Denver, CO United States | 05/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Christopher's approach to these Etudes makes it clear why Liszt referried to them as Transcendental. Within these twelve etudes
there is such a variety of musical expression, it can be said
there is truly something for everyone's varied sensibilities. The range of Liszt's expressions is captured by Christopher's unique ability to reveal these expressions in his phenomenal interpretation of these astounding pieces."