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LISZT: Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 (Transcriptions) (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 15)

Composer(s):Liszt, Franz
Artist(s) Scherbakov, Konstantin, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.550457
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99



Review By Michael Church,Classic CD,May 2000

"Konstantin Scherbakov is a lifelong Beethovenian, and he brings all the needed qualities. His range of colour is huge, and his broad tempi allow him to suggest the spaciousness which is the essence of the exercise. His account of the Second symphony is riveting, and he makes impressive sense the much more daunting Fifth."

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

It is Scherbakov’s achievement that he makes Liszt’s piano transcriptions of these Beethoven symphonies sound so pianistic. With wonderfully crisp articulation and fluent passage-work, textures are clarified, and the freshness and energy of the writing are strongly brought out both in the exuberantly youthful No. 2 and the darkly dramatic No. 5. This is as imaginative as Cyprien Katsaris’s Teldec accounts from the days of LP, and no one with a taste for keyboard heroism should overlook them. He is vastly superior to Leslie Howard’s pedestrian set on Hyperion. He is, so to speak, more of a Weingartner than a Toscanini (as was Katsaris) but his Fifth still has that barnstorming quality that arrests your attention. At super-bargain price, well worth



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