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If you prefer a more "fiery" interpretation, I would recommend Cziffra, Berezovsky, or Berman.
Arrau championed Franz Liszt from a very early age, no doubt as a result of insights gained from his teacher and mentor, Martin Kraus, himself a pupil of Liszt.
Arrau plays them slower than anyone else, but that means you can really hear detail and beauty that you always miss in the faster hands of (say) Kissin.
This recording was much praised when it first appeared in 1977, and there is indeed much to like about it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stanley Crowe
If you like your Liszt played based more on poetic interpretation rather than just fast and banging out the notes, this is the perfect recording of the Transcendentals for you. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by NPUL
Arrau is one of the truly great masters, and this recording of the 12 etudes is the most artistic and emotional I have heard - and I make a point of collecting this set by many... Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by Dean Brown
This is THE BEST interpretation of Liszt Etudes. Arrau was a direct descendant of Liszt, being a pupil of Martin Krause, himself a pupil of Liszt. Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by Jose I. Ibanez Rivero
The Transcendental Etudes are actually reworkings of pieces Liszt began composing at age fifteen, in the early 1930s. Read morePublished on October 11, 2006 by P. Kelley
Ok lets do a very quick simple excercise - blindfold yourself and think of Arrau as X. Listen to the fifth etude " Feux follets". Read morePublished on January 6, 2006 by pianoman