Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Lazar Berman & Liszt
I consider this to be a desert island recording, even though I only extremely like and not intensely adore the Liszt sonata.
Berman (1930 - 2005) was a Russian. Emil Gilels said he was a finer pianist than himself and even Sviatoslav Richter. Later critical opinion was more circumspect.
All I know is that this performance is in a class by itself. Others will get jumpy-in-my-face and exclaim, "You're crazy! So and so's version is much better." I don't want to hear it. I stated my opinion, and I ain't budging one inch.