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."