'I salute the whole achievement as an astonishing, musically enlightening and historically absorbing must-listen. Recommended.' International Record Review
‘The ‘Pastoral' seems to shimmer throughout with the Romantic mysticism Beethoven intended, and the entire album is a triumph for the idea of recording 19th-century music on original instruments.‘ AllMusic.com
For both the pianist and his listeners, this recording constitutes a genuine adventure, combining the creative genius of Beethoven, the inspired vision of these works of the composer and pianist Franz Liszt, and a piano with the same sonic resources as were available to Liszt.
Here is what Liszt had to say about the piano as a medium of transcription: ‘In the compass of its seven octaves, it can produce, with only a few exceptions, all the characteristics, all the combinations, all the most learned compositional figures, and leaves the orchestra no other advantages than those... of diversity of timbre and massed effects.'
For these two symphonies, Yury Martynov has chosen the same Érard piano of 1837 on which he recorded the first volume of this series.