Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Franz Liszt, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado|
Panorama: Franz Liszt
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A Great all-around CD if you want a taste of Liszt
Jonathan Keener | Lancaster, PA USA | 07/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Personally, I don't care if the labels are completely accurate, this is a GREAT CD! (Actually 2 CDs)I was looking for a CD of Liszt's music (I had heard some of his music before, but did not own any of his CDs), and saw that Martha Argerich was one of the performers, so I decided to buy it. It was well worth my money. The first few tracks weren't to my liking that much because I mostly bought these CDs for the piano music. The Concerto is great, Argerich plays it beautifully.I like the second CD even more. It starts off with the famous Mephisto Waltz, played by Ashkenazy. The piece is played with so much passion, and is so difficult and impressive that I never get bored listening to it.The succeeding piano sonata in b minor has to be one of my all-time favorite piano pieces. It repeats a few themes over and over again, so it can be maddening at times, but it is so passionately played, and executed nearly perfectly (even though it is so difficult) by Argerich.The two Etudes are also fun because they are so difficult, but I was disappointed by the sound quality. (the rest of the CD is excellent)The last Hungarian Rhapsody played by Argerich is also a great piece, filled with many difficult sections.In all, if you're looking for a great CD (or rather, 2 CDs) of Liszt's music, this is the one!"