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Re: Liszt - Annees de Pelerinage
« Reply #60 on: November 15, 2016, 02:07:13 PM »
The third year doesn't get enough love.

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« Reply #61 on: April 06, 2017, 11:45:22 PM »
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Re: Liszt - Annees de Pelerinage
« Reply #62 on: April 07, 2017, 05:40:57 AM »
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« Reply #63 on: April 07, 2017, 06:09:58 AM »
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Well played, but a bit colorless.  Her complete Szymanowksi is of more relative interest, I think.
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Re: Liszt - Annees de Pelerinage
« Reply #64 on: April 07, 2017, 07:20:36 AM »
Well played, but a bit colorless.  Her complete Szymanowksi is of more relative interest, I think.
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Re: Liszt - Annees de Pelerinage
« Reply #65 on: June 11, 2017, 04:00:03 PM »
Edith Farnadi's complete recording of Annees is available as a free MP3 download here..  It's low res, but I think I'll give it a shot given the price.
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Re: Liszt - Annees de Pelerinage
« Reply #66 on: June 12, 2017, 03:20:44 AM »
Louis Lortie on Chandos has got amazing sonics. It's probably the best recorded solo piano disc in my collection.  :)
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Re: Liszt - Annees de Pelerinage
« Reply #67 on: August 03, 2017, 08:25:06 AM »



[This will be cross-posted in The Italian Invasion]

Enrico Pace's sole solo commercial studio recording to date.  (There's an early solo recording of the Liszt Sonata, Dante Sonata, and Réminiscences de Don Juan, but that was for publication promotion purposes.)  That the 1989 Liszt International Piano Competition winner might have some affinity for Liszt isn't so surprising, and given that Pace has provided world-class piano accompaniment in world-class recordings of core chamber music rep, it is not surprising that this recording ends up sounding swell. 

Pace's way is not one of hypervirtuosic bombast; rather, his way is more lyrical and poetic.  That's not to say Pace cannot play the music with the necessary executive brilliance, because he can and does.  He just focuses on other things.  He'll lovingly attend to each note in some arpeggios, weighting them all equally on occasion, making them sound more important and longer than other takes, though they are not.  He'll lavish attention on upper register playing, with some sounding crystalline and pure.  He'll deliver some of the most beautiful and tender pianissimo playing, as in Les cloches de Geneve, where one can envision Liszt wanting to transcribe the experience of hearing gently tolling distant bells one particularly lovely morning with Marie d’Agoult by his side.  He'll produce rich and weighty lower register playing without drowning out higher registers.  In Eclogue, he creates a dazzling effect with light but insistent and steady left hand playing providing a foundation for the beautiful right hand melodies in a way I've not heard before. 

The pianistic and interpretive goodness carries over to year two.  Each piece is fully characterized, and Pace plays with unique but not overbearing personal touches.  Could some phrases be less clipped in Il Penseroso?  Undoubtedly.  I might like the result more than this, or I might not.  The Petrarch Sonnets are wonderfully poetic and flowing.  Pace doesn't quite play with the same type of delicate and wide-ranging pianism as Julian Gorus, but the aesthetic impact of his playing is similar, and the beauty undeniable.  The Dante is swift and dramatic and large-scale enough to more than satisfy, and if even more powerful versions are out there, there may not be better ones.

It's a pity that Pace did not record the whole set - indeed, he didn't even record Venezia a Napoli.   This is absolutely wonderful Liszt playing, and had Pace included the final year, this might be the Années to own.  At the very least, this stands alongside Rubackytė, Chamayou, Gorus, and Schirmer. 

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