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Poetry of a very high order,
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This review is from: Liszt: Piano Works - Les Années de Pèlerinage: Italie (excerpts) / Deux Légendes (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
This disc is a very old friend. I even remember the original review I read, probably in the Gramophone magazine, in about 1980, which was along the lines that hearing Kempff play these pieces had completely changed the opinion the reviewer held of Liszt's skills as a composer. There's no doubt that these are amongt Liszt's finest keyboard compositions, and surely little doubt that it's hard to play them as exquisitely as Kempff does. The three Petrarch Sonnets (transcriptions of the original songs which paradoxically acquire greater poetry in the pure piano version) are particular favourites. If you have reservations about Liszt thanks to hearing some of his more bombastic self-indulgences, put them to one side and find time to buy and listen to this. For me, always magical. I gave two copies to friends for Christmas.
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