Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor,

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LABELS: Sony Essential Classics
WORKS: Piano Sonata in B minor,
PERFORMER: André Watts, Charles Rosen (pno)
CATALOGUE NO: SBK 62664 ADD (1970)
I’ve heard no finer budget account of Liszt’s titanic B minor Sonata than this performance from André Watts. He meets its super-human demands heroically, and keeps faith with the introspective and contemplative facets of the work. The second version of Liszt’s Paganini Études finds Watts in audacious mood, and his bravura playing is masterful. Reminiscences de Don Juan, Liszt’s Mozartian fantasy, and the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 are effectively played by Charles Rosen, and remastered sound is pleasing. Michael Jameson