Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor; Dante Sonata; Scherzo and March

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COMPOSERS: Liszt
LABELS: Carlton
WORKS: Piano Sonata in B minor; Dante Sonata; Scherzo and March
PERFORMER: Arnaldo Cohen (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 30367 01332 1989
The pieces in this 1989 recording by the Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen illustrate Liszt’s fascination with dialectical forms and ideas, especially his repeated representations of the celestial and diabolic. The strength of Cohen’s performance lies not only in his alertness to those contrasts but in the remarkable clarity of his playing, particularly in the fugal sections, where there is great rhythmic precision so that each note is fully made to count. Elsewhere, this fastidiousness can constrain the drama. William Humphreys-Jones

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