Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Claudio Arrau – piano
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0, 2.0
Label: Philips / PentaTone
Size: 2.76 GB
Franz Liszt – 12 Etudes d’exécution transcendante
01. Prélude (Presto)
02. Molto vivace
03. Paysage (Poco adagio)
04. Mazeppa (Presto)
05. Feux follets (Allegretto)
06. Vision (Lento)
07. Eroica (Allegro)
08. Wilde Jagd (Presto furioso)
09. Ricordanza (Andantino)
10. Allegro agitato molto
11. Harmonies du soir (Andantino)
12. Chasse neige (Andante con moto)
1974 recording. Another of the PentaTone RQR series of analogue Quad tape transfers to 5ch DSD.
Lovely, wonderful, inspired, poised performances by an aristocrat pianist. Arrau, who studied with 1 of Liszt’s students, brings us the 19th-century grand manner in music that in lesser hands can sound empty & like so much Romantic slapdash claptrap. Make no mistake, this is pianism of the most patrician & musical quality that never takes ANY musical gesture as a throw-away.
The sound of the disc, like most of Philips’ original solo discs for Arrau, is lovely, mellow, & even reproduces Arrau’s breathing before larger gestures, but expands with great power when strength is applied to the instrument, without strain.
This is, as was the RBCD, a disc of exalted music-making to treasure, now reincarnated in RQR of the highest quality!