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  Liszt: 12 Études dexécution transcendante - Arrau
  Liszt: 12 Études dexécution transcendante

Claudio Arrau (piano)
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  Classical - Instrumental
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Site review by Polly Nomial March 27, 2008
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Review by gonzostick April 2, 2008 (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
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Lovely, wonderful, inspired, poised performances by an aristocrat pianist. Arrau, who studied with one of Liszt's students, brings us the 19th-century grand manner in music that in lesser hands can sound empty and like so much Romantic slapdash claptrap. Make no mistake, this is pianism of the most patrician and musical quality that never takes ANY musical gesture as a throw-away.

The sound of the disc, like most of Philips' original solo discs for Arrau, is lovely, mellow, and even reproduces Arrau's breathing before larger gestures, but expands with great power when strength is applied to the instrument, without strain.

This is, as was the RBCD, a disc of exalted musicmaking to treasure, now reincarnated in RQR 4-channel surround of the highest quality!

I see Pentatone has begun issuing the Colin Davis/Boston Symphony Sibelius Symphony Cycle. I only hope we will get the complete set of symphonies and MORE ARRAU!!! BRAVO, PENTATONE!!!

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Review by Oliver_twist July 3, 2015 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I just heard this Liszt work for the first time. It is extremely well played but Arrau being often considered as one of the greatest of all time and having a special connection to Franz Liszt's work it is no wonder. The piece in itself is very entertaining and much easier than for example the " Années de Pélerinage".
The recording is very clear and precise, the sound is rich. You can still hear some clicks throughout the album and some distortion in the louder parts, but it is not too disturbing.

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Franz Liszt - 12 Études dexécution transcendante, S. 139 (based on S. 137)