This remarkable two disc set features solo performances by a dozen Liszt pupils, five of whom never made later acoustic or electrical recordings. Of the ones who did record later, comparisons of the results here with their conventional discs lends credibility to these recordings. We get to hear two of these masters, Eugen d'Albert and Emit von Sauer, as much younger men in their prime. Most of these rolls were cut in 1905, when the performers were what we call "middle aged" and in practice. The selections are remarkable for their variety of playing styles, confirming that Liszt was more interested in developing his students' potential than in founding a "school." The recorded sound has a warm, natural ambience, justifying the producers' choices of mastering techniques. The result has us listening to great pianists, not a cleverly devised machine.
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