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Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor; Paganini Etudes; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13; Transcendental Etude No. 10 Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Performer: André Watts
  • Composer: Franz Liszt
  • Audio CD (Aug. 14 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Seraphim
  • ASIN: B00005NEZU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. No. 1 In G Minor
2. No.2 In E Flat Major
3. No.3 'La Campanella'
4. No. 4 In E Major
5. No.5 'La Chasse'
6. No. 6 In A Minor
7. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 In A Minor
8. En Reve - Nocturne
9. Transcendental Etude No.10
10. Lento Assai
11. Andante Sostenuto
12. Fugue - Coda

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helena Novak on Dec 14 2012
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liszt was a genious as Chopin !! you are transported to another dimension and the intellectual pleasure is great !
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By A Customer on June 16 2003
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Most amazing: 3. Six Grand Etudes After Paganini: No.3 'La Campanella'
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A big technique, but Watts is a low-key Liszt interpreter June 16 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mr Wilkinson has gotten his wrist slapped for writing such a blunt review, but even for a listener who is sympathetic to Andre Watts, still the most famous Afro-American classical pianist in the world after forty years, it's discouraging that his impressive technique didn't lead to musical growth. Many of his best recordings date from the beginning of his career. This flashy Liszt recital includes all the notes, but as Wilkinson says, it's all a bit muddled and aimless musically.

He's also right to point out that Watts displays none of the flashing brilliance and fire of a Volodos or Kissin, and La Campanella is indeed tinkly in his hands. The great B minor Sonata is given a flabby run-through, as is everything else here. I am giving three stars in sympathy with Watts' intentions, too guilty to award what he really deserves.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So so, ok June 6 2012
By L. Aroutiounian - Published on Amazon.com
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Andre Watts is a gifted pianist ; and this recording might be an exception, or perhaps the music did not speak to him.

I thought I heard the most boring La Campanella, the piece that usually brings tears to my eyes, the harmonic progressions in this bravura music really give me goosebumps. Watts' interpretation sounds sort of thin, short on bells, actually, no fireworks, no champagne in his music. He hit a couple of wrong notes in la Campanella and took a wrong accord in La Chasse. I don't mind the wrong notes, Rubinstein had plenty of them, it just did not sound like the Liszt I am used to listening. From the contemporaries, I like Kissin. I guess it is a matter of taste.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Near Perfection Dec 20 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was interested in this recording since it had some selections that I did not have in my collection, plus several with Mr. Watts performing ones I have by other artists. Some review comments, including the one very negative one, nearly scared me away. But I bought the album. I compared the selections that I have by others (Kissin, Cziffra, Horowitz) and in EVERY case this interpretation and recording were at least as good to my ears as the others, and usually more satisfying. On the ones I did not have, I heard great performances. I have listened to this album several times looking for the defects others find. It makes me wonder if they have bad ears or a bad hi fi system. Listening proves Mr. Watts to be a fine artist.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I AM NOT A LISZT PURIST Nov. 4 2006
By an amazon fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
AND THEREFORE AM PUZZLED WHY THE FIRST TWO REVIEWERS THINK A BUDGET RELEASE SHOULD HAVE TO 'DELIVER' "ABSOLUTE PERFECTION"! SPEND MORE $$$ AND CHECK OUT THE REVIEW BOOKS, FOR GODS SAKE!

CZIFFRA IS ONE THING YET I FIND THIS CD TO BE EXCITING, BEAUTIFUL, NEVER BORING, AND VERY WELL RECORDED. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THE PRICE!
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Watts is the Man! Dec 28 2006
By Dr. Moreau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I highly recommend this cd. Mr. Watts does a excellent job of interperting the Paganini Etudes-especially La Campanalla, in my opinion Watts plays it better than Kissin. Even though Kissin plays it 13 sec. faster, but with less emotion. Rhapsody No. 13 is played with virtuosity and power. he plays the Transcendental Etude differetly than most people, but it is still nice. The Sonata was a little dissapointing, some parts weren't as exciting as Naida Cole's verison. For the Sonata get Cole's verison. But over all a very good buy! Nice job Mr. Watts!

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