A Liszt Recital
Ian Holtham's acclaimed recital showcases works by the great, enigmatic, and quintessentially romantic pianist and composer, Franz Liszt. This album includes Holtham's masterful interpretation of Liszt's Sonata in B minor.
It begins with transcriptions of three songs to sonnets of Petrach, and progresses through Liszt's tribute to victims of the Hungarian uprising of 1849, "Funerailles", and the devilishly inspired and fiendishly difficult "Mephisto Waltz no. 1". It finishes with his monumental Sonata in B minor, perhaps the closest a composer could come to the creation of a musical universe.
Professor Ian Holtham is one of the most distinguished and highly regarded pianists and pedagogues in Australia and his performances of the great Classical and Romantic repertoire have played to packed houses and rave reviews for many years.
“Hotham powerfully, passionately and, where necessary, poignantly performs ... He plays [the Liszt Sonata] with sweeping energy and powerful dramatic shape.” ★★★★
— Bob Crimeen, Sunday Herald Sun
“passionate and fiery ... exquisitely crafted ... The recorded sound is wonderful. The way Move has captured the breadth and depth of the Steinway D's sound without losing any subtleties is nothing short of amazing.”
— Lesley Sly, Australian Hi-Fi
“impressive ... this stunning CD will attract those who respond to Liszt's vision when it is so tellingly played as it is here.”
— Gordon Ramage, Arpeggio Classical CDs NZ
- Canzoniere: Benedetto sia 'l giorno (No. 47) Franz Liszt
- Pace non trovo (No. 104) Franz Liszt
- Io vidi in terra angelica costumi (No. 123) Franz Liszt
- Funérailles Franz Liszt
- Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in A major Franz Liszt
- Lento assai, Allegro energico
- Allegro energico, Recitativo
- Andante sostenuto, Quasi Adagio
- Allegro energico (fugato)
- [Allegro energico]
- [Grandioso], Presto, Andante sostenuto, Allegro moderato, Lento assai
Sonata in B minor Franz Liszt
- Ian Holtham · piano
Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" ("New German School").