Sunday, January 27, 2013

Russell Sherman and Liszt

One afternoon a lotta years ago, I was listening to the FM radio. (Hey, that rhymes!). I heard Russell Sherman's recording of Liszt's Piano Sonata. I never forgot it. And I can't quite describe the effect. 

It was almost industrial -- imagine Pittsburgh squeezed down into a piano. Yet the interpretation was riveting, a kind of Cubist construction made out of girders and music. 

This Liszt prelude to the Transcendental Etudes conveys the strength of Sherman's fingers, though the interpretation is much less "industrial."

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