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. 

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