BBC Music Magazine's '5 Essential Works by Franz Liszt' 2012
Disc of the Month: 'Liszt with authority…his virtuoso credentials are impeccable.' BBC Music Magazine
'Mesmerising…a Liszt release made in heaven.' Classic FM
'A performance of formidable eloquence and achievement.' Gramophone
Recommended: 'Lazaridis easily slips into the top ranks with his finely recorded performance here.' Pianist Magazine
Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor is one of the seminal works of the Romantic piano repertoire and one of the most technically challenging pieces any pianist can undertake. Continuing this virtuosic theme, and demonstrating his great ambition as a pianist of the highest calibre, Lazaridis also presents Liszt's Grandes études de Paganini. This six-part composition, based on themes originally composed for violin by Niccolò Paganini, again places huge demands on the technical and interpretive abilities of the performer.
Originally released in 2006 Liszt: Sonatas and Etudes has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.
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I'd be tempted to take my chances crossing a motorway to hear playing of this quality!more >>Classicstoday.com
The power and ferocity of the climaxes are enough to make sure you've insured your loudspeakers and warned your neighbors! Clearly Lazaridis is no run-of-the-mill virtuoso, and we're sure to hear more from him.more >>Atlanta Audio Society
Pianist with a flair for pyrotechnicsmore >>Audiophile Audition
Playful, deftly leggierissimo, and elegantly fluid, the piece lights on dragonfly wings then surges up a lion's paw.more >>Diapason
En françaismore >>The Pianist
Pianist Recommended - Lazaridis easily slips into the top ranks with his finely recorded performance here.more >>Le Soir
En françaismore >>Le Soir
...the darling of major concert halls...more >>Opus Magazine
En français - Un Super Audio CD de démonstration.more >>Opus Magazine France
...a fascinating range of expression...more >>BBC Music Magazine
"Instrumental Disc of the Month" - warmly recommended.
Liszt with authority...more >>Classic FM Magazine
FIVE STAR REVIEW - As each mesmerising episode unfolds, the listener is compelled along by the sheer force of Lazaridis's artistic personality.more >>Gramophone Magazine
A performance of of formidable eloquence and achievement, and it has been finely recorded and presented.more >>The Scotsman
Lazaridis packs a mighty punch with a torturous couplingmore >>International Piano
Liszt playing of a high order, and an indication of a very promising career to come.more >>