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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great playing, lovingly recorded; perfect Liszt,
I bought this recording as I have many other Naive recordings. I correctly guessed that if Naive have put the effort in to record all 3 years of the Annees de pelerinage from a young relatively unknown pianist, then he must be good. He makes a lovely sound, never vulgarand always noble. He plays these works with a coherent sense of direction. There is no affectation, and he is fabulous in the Dante sonata. I made an excellent guess, and encourage you to buy this recording to bring on a new talent.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding set,
I completely agree with the other reviewer: Naive are right to have taken up this outstanding pianist. He really has the technique, Romantic ardour and sense of proportion to make these Annees de pelerinage a necessary addition to the very fine Liszt recordings that were released last year. The results confirm what has already been generally sensed, I think: that Liszt has been somewhat neglected as a composer and is altogether worthy to stand next to Schumann and Chopin in the Romantic pantheon. The third book was largely unknown to me but is as rewarding as the other two, if in a slightly more nebulous idiom. For anyone who wants to listen to pianists who are carrying the great tradition forward, Bertrand Chamayou is a must! His Mendelssohn and Franck recordings are also superb.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable,
A stunning new pianist on the scene. Not only an outstanding virtuoso but also a refined and poetic player. This is superb Liszt playing in every sense. Highly recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recent news........,
May I just add that Bertrand Chamayou was given one of the VERY famous "VICTOIRE DE LA MUSIQUE" French awards just a few days ago (Feb.2012) in the Paris "Palais des Congrès" ?
HIS prize was in the "Best Instrumental Recording of the Year" Category, and he was the winner, after the double votes of BOTH Classical Enthusiasts, via Internet,
AND a Jury in Paris...before more than 2,200 people seated together.
In this category there were three competitors, and when he heard HE was the winner, was rather stunned, as he
"didn't expect it...".
He quickly recovered, though ,(-smiles-),
and came onto the Stage to thank everyone, an exercise which was the more difficult as, contrary to most other competitors, he had prepared NO formal address.
Then I felt happy for him, who deserved that honour so much.....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Must Have' for any lover of Liszt piano music.,
A quick look on 'Google' informed me that this complete cycle has only been recorded 11 times (3 of them by Claudio Arrau)
Many other pianists have of course recorded the 1st and 2nd of the Années, and the so called Dante sonata has been recorded many times.
Here we have the complete cycle from the young French pianist Bertrand Chamayou. And what a cycle it is!
His playing throughout the three years of Pilgrimage is quite wonderful. He displays great insight into the writing of Liszt, the cycle spanning the different styles, from the virtuosic to the more sparse writing of his later period.
I wouldn't want to be without the interpretations of certain pieces from other pianists in my collection, such as Volodos in the "Vallée d'Obermann" where his breathtaking virtuosity takes the piece to another level.
However, as a complete set, I believe that Chamayou is unsurpassed. Listen to him in "Les Jeux d'eau......." the beauty of his playing as the notes imitate the water on the fountains is of the highest order.
I must mention also that the set is most attractively packaged with an informative booklet including many evocative photographs.
The three disc set can be thoroughly recommended.
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