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One year after her praised Chopin recording, this is the Lise de la Salle's 6th recording. Once again, it is dedicated to the composer celebrated this year - another giant of the piano music, Franz Liszt. This music fits her playing, based on tremendous technique and sensibility to the contrasts.

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The wonderfully gifted 23-year-old Lise de la Salle gives us a Liszt recital of astonishing strength, poetry and, for one so young, musical maturity. She is as poised and refined in miniatures as she is in her large-scale offerings and, wherever you listen, you will hear Liszt-playing of a special distinction. Lise de la Salle has been finely recorded and this, her seventh disc for Naive, is a crowning achievement. --Gramophone, Bryce Morrison, September 2011

1. Années de pèlerinage, 2nd Year ('Italie'), suite for piano, S. 161 (LW A55): Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata
2. Confutatis & Lacrymosa aus dem Requiem K. 626 von Mozart, transcription for piano, S. 550 (LW A220)
3. Ballade, for piano No. 2 (II) in B minor, S. 171 (LW A181)
4. Widmung (Liebeslied), transcription for piano (after Schumann, I & II), S. 566 (LW A133)
5. Études d'exécution transcendante (12 Transcendental Etudes), for piano, S. 139 (LW A172): Mazeppa
6. Nuages gris (Trübe Wolken), for piano, S. 199 (LW A305)
7. Ständchen, Leise flehen meine Lieder, transcription for piano (after Schubert D. 957), S. 560/7 (LW A49/7)
8. Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses (10), for piano, S. 173 (LW A158): Funérailles
9. Isoldens Liebestod: Schlußszene aus Tristan und Isolde, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 447 (LW A239)

Product Details

  • Composer: Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B004S7ZZ38
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you love great music, you will love this.
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The piano she's playing is very good and has been recorded beautifully.
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Lise has grown up to be a very accomplished pianist.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2011
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Lise de la Salle is a 23-year-old French pianist who has been making quite a splash. In 2005 I reviewed an early CD of her playing music by Bach and Liszt, recorded when she was sixteen, and felt she was someone to watch Lise de la Salle plays Bach, Liszt . I heard her in a 2007 recital and then reviewed a CD of the recital program Piano Works by Mozart & Prokofiev [includes DVD] in which I praised her potential, wrote of concern about some bothersome mannerisms, and suggested she needed some further maturity. I was not prepared, though, to be as bowled over as I have been by the current CD devoted to piano music of Liszt. This disc is, in a word, sensational.

It opens with a very romantic and yet structurally coherent account of the Dante Sonata ('Après une lecture du Dante'), the last piece in the Italian year of the 'Années de Pèlerinage'. This is as satisfying a performance of this notoriously difficult-to-put-across quasi-sonata as I've ever heard. It depicts with ferocious intensity Dante's descent into Hell and ends with a consolatory, even triumphant passage with evanescent trills. Gorgeous!

Liszt's transcription of the 'Lacrymosa' from Mozart's Requiem follows and serves as an emotional balm after the over-the-top Dante Sonata. Then on to a convincing reading of another of Liszt's latish 'big pieces', the 'Ballad No. 2 in B Minor', which is in a way a companion to the Dante Sonata in its disparate parts somehow melded together by Liszt.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 23, 2011
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This is going to be a review of a different sort, which I hope will be read in place of automatically punching the Unhelpful button. It's aimed at anyone who loves this CD unreservedly or not. At this point my feeling about de la Salle is that she belongs among very promising young virtuosos like Yundi, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, and a few others without achieving a special voice, as none of them has, either.

There are still a few influential voices among music reviewers amid the general chatter, and Bryce Morrison's rave for Lise de la Salle, which reinforces his early enthusiasm for her, will go a long way; so in the smaller world of Amazon will Scott Morrison's strong review. De la Salle is part of the seemingly endless procession of rising French pianists, an astonishing phenomenon given the near absence of French virtuosos on the international scene for decades. Now they are numerous enough to stand against the bulwark of Russians, with Americans far behind except for our older established stars like Ax and Perahia. At 23, de la Salle ticks off the boxes of modern pianistic careerism: she's young, photogenic (even kittenish), possessed of impeccable technique, and well-grounded in the musical fundamentals.

The two Morrisons also hear greatness, both being bowled over by de la Salle's new Liszt recital. The pluses leap out of the loudspeakers. The piano she's playing is very good and has been recorded beautifully. It is sonorous, powerful, and without excessive percussiveness. The liveliness of the sound and the breadth of the soundstage augment the pianist's own brightness and boldness of approach. Anyone who can play the Dante Sonata and Mazeppa without banging is to be admired; more importantly, the pianist raises both works above the level of theatrical claptrap.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Auntie EM on November 13, 2012
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Lise has grown up to be a very accomplished pianist. These choices are excellent, and she does them very well. This is a must-have recording.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Micole D. on June 6, 2014
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What an extraordinary pianist. Can just one person do all that? I guess Lise can. If you love great music, you will love this.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hunter on August 10, 2012
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As often as I've heard Mazeppa, Lise de la Salle's performance amazed me. All her performances on this CD are phenomenal.

I can't imagine the inner deafness of those unable to hear this.
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