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Liszt Piano Music

Andrew Von Oeyen Audio CD
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DELOS
  • ASIN: B004GX91XO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Sonata in B Minor
2. Waldesrauschen
3. Concert Paraphrase of Rigoletto
4. Vallee D'Obermann
5. Elsa's Bridal Procession
6. Isolde's Liebestod
7. Liebestraum No. 3 in a Flat Major, S541

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A GENUINE RACH STARBefore you read another line, go to the phone or Internet and grab a ticket for one of von Oeyen's remaining performances [with Detroit Symphony/Ashkenazy] He delivered one of the most commanding accounts of Rach 2 that I can recall hearing live -- majestic and singing, lucid and dramatic, and technically effortless. --Detroit News

ANDREW VON OEYEN, KEENLY ATTUNED TO LISZT'S GRAND DESIGNI would go so far as to say that von Oeyen played the finest all-around performance of Franz Liszt's Sonata in B Minor that I have heard in many years."" --Washington Post

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Sonate pour piano en si mineur - Waldesrauschen - Vallée d'Obermann - Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto... / Andrew von Oeyen, piano

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Talented Pianist 13 April 2011
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There is no question that young American pianist Andrew von Oeyen is a very talented player. But in playing a number of Liszt works his CD is in a very crowded field. In the Sonata in B Minor alone he is in competition with the likes of Alred Brendel, Krystian Zimerman, Mikhail Pletnev, Nikolai Demidenko, Arnaldo Cohen and Earl Wild, not to speak of the incandescent Martha Argerich. Among the younger pianists he is also in competition with Yuja Wang whose 2009 recording is a must-hear. (And I read today that Marc-André Hamelin's recording of the Sonata has just been released this month. I haven't heard it yet, but can already imagine how wonderful it is likely to be.) That said, I am impressed with von Oeyen's technique and his musicianship. However, when compared to some of the aforementioned artists his playing seems just a little unformed, inchoate. Give him another ten years and his Liszt Sonata will be one to contend with the best ever recorded. And I hope he will record it again then.

As to the rest of the disc, I was particularly impressed with his Verdi/Liszt 'Rigoletto Paraphrase', his 'Vallée d'Obermann' (but no comparison with that of Bolet), and the Third Liebestraum.

The sound of the recording is pretty good but there is some occasional clatter, a real hazard with piano recordings.

In sum, this is a pianist to watch. But none of these performances rises to the top of the list.

Scott Morrison
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4.0 out of 5 stars Verdi and Liszt - best of both worlds 23 April 2011
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At teacher -training college, I was told that my piano playing was 'good enough for infants!' Frankly I thought that a real l insult. Not to me, I am well aware of my non-skills, but children should hear Brendel and other greats and yes, Andrew von Oeyen. He's very young and so, I assume he's not at the height of his powers, but I look forward to being around to hear him when he's older. To be honest I bought the CD because I absolutely love the Liszt variation of Verdi's Rigoletto. The price of the CD was worth the Verdi alone but I found the entire programme beautiful and, for me, relaxing. I believe he is recording or has recorded a dic where he accompanies a young violinist. That will go right on my wish list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air 17 May 2011
By David Seltzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This recording is a breath of fresh air in today's industry. Von Oeyen is a stunning pianist, technically and artistically, but his interpretations never go for the easy and flashy effects some of his colleagues seem to be going for nowadays. This is the work of a remarkably thoughtful and deep artist for his age. His Liszt Sonata has a real sense of structure without losing sight of the appropriate dramatic impact or poetic expression. The sound he cultivates is beautiful, rich and varied, which enhanced and supports a personal and strong reading of Liszt's most important piano solo work. A poetic and tender light is softly shining through his interpretation of Lohengrin's Bridal transcription. The Vallée d' Obermann is a moving journey into a tormented soul. Here again, the balance between sense of structure and emotional impact is impressively mastered. The Rigoletto Paraphrase is shear joy and flamboyance and stays within the limits of good taste, which is a challenge in this "dessert" work. The Tristan transcription has a deep sense of tragic abandon and profound humanity. The voicing in his recording is impressive and reveals a unique sense of balance between every component of musical writing: harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, expression and structure, as well as sound. This recording is a "must" for anybody interested in Liszt music.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Talented Pianist 13 April 2011
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is no question that young American pianist Andrew von Oeyen is a very talented player. But in playing a number of Liszt works his CD is in a very crowded field. In the Sonata in B Minor alone he is in competition with the likes of Alred Brendel, Krystian Zimerman, Mikhail Pletnev, Nikolai Demidenko, Arnaldo Cohen and Earl Wild, not to speak of the incandescent Martha Argerich. Among the younger pianists he is also in competition with Yuja Wang whose 2009 recording is a must-hear. (And I read today that Marc-André Hamelin's recording of the Sonata has just been released this month. I haven't heard it yet, but can already imagine how wonderful it is likely to be.) That said, I am impressed with von Oeyen's technique and his musicianship. However, when compared to some of the aforementioned artists his playing seems just a little unformed, inchoate. Give him another ten years and his Liszt Sonata will be one to contend with the best ever recorded. And I hope he will record it again then.

As to the rest of the disc, I was particularly impressed with his Verdi/Liszt 'Rigoletto Paraphrase', his 'Vallée d'Obermann' (but no comparison with that of Bolet), and the Third Liebestraum.

The sound of the recording is pretty good but there is some occasional clatter, a real hazard with piano recordings.

In sum, this is a pianist to watch. But none of these performances rises to the top of the list.

Scott Morrison
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