on 9 January 2011
For me, Jorge Bolet is the GREAT Liszt pianist. I've got almost all the 'greats' playing Liszt's piano Sonata: the best? I think Bolet by quite a long way, then Gilels ..... the rest also-rans inc Richter, Argerich, Arrau, Horowitz, Sofronitszky, Demidenko, Vlassenko - even Cortot. Why isn't Bolet more recognised? Is it because he wasn't really a professional pianist? If you don't have this, treat yourself!
on 26 May 2014
I'm a newcomer to Liszt so can't really comment on the relative quality of this recording compared to others. All I can say is that it seemed pretty good to me. I am fond of Chopin and all sorts of piano concertos from Mozart to Rachmaninov, but to my shame beyond a few snippets (eg Liebestraum) on easy listening collections I didn't have anything by FL. I don't suppose I'm unique, so for the benefit of other musical middle-brows he's a bit less approachable than Chopin, but he has certainly grown on me. Give him a try - i'm sure you'll find it worthwhile.