Franz Liszt (CD/DVD) Limited Edition
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I first heard Khatia by accident on You Tube, where I stumbled upon her performance of the Liszt B Minor Sonata that she gave at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel. There, I believe she took third place behind two second place finishers (no first place was given). Her performance at Rubinstein was clearly flawed, but it just as clearly shows the flashes of genius that you will hear much more fully developed on this beautifully recorded debut CD. Surely, had she played the competition as she plays on this recording, she might well have been the missing first place finisher. Suffice to say, I was sufficiently impressed to look her up on Amazon where I was pleasantly surprised to see she was about to release this CD, which I reserved with some anticipation.
Khatia is also a fine writer, judging from the short essay with which the CD notes begin, and there is an intriguing DVD that I have yet to view (more on that when I do). Curiously, there are no notes I could find on the player herself, other than her own essay, which is much more about the music.Read more ›
Despite the negative comparisons with some of the best Lizst playing I know, this is a superb debut, well worth purchasing. But I don't think it's the work of a fully-mature artist.
After that, I just had to get this recording. And it did not disappoint. Although on the first listening it seemed that her playing could not quite match the sheer force and excitement of that live recital (no CD can do that, anyway), after repeated listening I must conclude that on the whole, her interpretation makes perfect sense in almost every aspect of this many-sided masterpiece. She plays the allegro and presto parts with fire and passion, and after those, the calmer sections sound heavenly indeed.
In her intelligent and very personal booklet notes, the pianist makes it clear that she considers the Liszt B minor sonata to be one of the great masterpieces of piano literature, and in my ears, her interpretation, appropriately passionate and tender, does perfect justice to that judgement. I had previously enjoyed performances of this sonata on CD by Yundi Li and Llyr Williams. Admirable as both of those traversals are, it is now this version of Buniatishvili that I regard as my new version of reference.Read more ›
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I enjoy watching Khatia play as much as listening to her music. The dvd is short but maybe she will release a whole concert in the future. thanks, LH.Published 4 months ago by Leonard H.
Outstanding chess players have the ability to see many moves ahead. I hear the musical equivalent of this ability in Khatia Buniatishvili: she thinks in terms of long spans of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jt52
Track one, Liebestraum, was worth the price of the CD. Buniatishvili is brilliant! At the climax where all others crescendo, she decrescendos. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Philip F. Balbi
If I were to sum up this album right from the start I'd say that it is an impressive debut. Few performers do Liszt well and even fewer would venture it for their first studio... Read morePublished 19 months ago by SSD
Khatia Bunatishivili's interpretations of Liszt's Sonata and transcription of BWV 543 (Fugue) were an absolute delight, and are themselves worth purchasing the entire CD.Published 20 months ago by J M
Besides being a great beauty, Khatia is a genius, a virtuoso, a wizard who brings the most subtle passages of great composers to life. She, one might say, bleeds art.Published 21 months ago by Benjamin Hardisty
Having heard Liszt's sonata in multiple different interpretations I was surprised that it was possible to find some new nuances, and very interesting at that. Read morePublished 22 months ago by ALEKSEY KAMENETSKY