LISZT Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Solo Piano Pieces. Byron Janis, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra / Kirill Kondrashin, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra / Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Newton Classics

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LISZT

Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Solo Piano Pieces

Byron Janis

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra

Few pieces encapsulate Liszt’s genius as comprehensively as his two piano concertos. They not only showcase his dazzling technical ability, but also his skills as a musical visionary. Both took almost 25 years of painstaking work to complete, during which time he made drastic revisions, enhancing the role of the orchestra and the structural unity, and developing what Robert Schumann called ‘a new and brilliant way to weld the orchestra and piano together’.

Byron Janis’s 1962 Moscow recording of these concertos has assumed legendary status. Janis was a former child prodigy who studied with Vladimir Horowitz during the 1940s, and was considered one of the most brilliant American pianists of his generation before his career was cut short by illness. He was chosen in 1960 to spearhead a new cross-cultural exchange between the USA and USSR, and made such an impact that the American Mercury recording team went over to the USSR to record this collaboration. The recordings were made at the height of Janis’s career, and are probably some of the most accomplished he ever made. Janis’s own agile technique and unfussy style bring a welcome sparkle and structural lucidity to this music.

During the 1962 sessions Janis also recorded a small selection of solo miniatures by Schumann, Falla and Guion. The previous year he also recorded three pieces by Liszt: the Hungarian Rhapsody No.6, his Valse oubliée No.1 and Sonetto 104 del Petrarca from the Années de pèlerinage: 2ème année, and these are all included here.

‘Janis’s glittering articulation is matched by his sense of poetry and drama, and there is plenty of dash in these very compelling performances, which are afforded characteristically brilliant Mercury sound.’ Penguin CD Guide

‘Certainly the sound is splendidly immediate and belies its age of nearly three decades. The playing, too, is fresh … these have joie de vivre and offer plenty of exhilarating virtuosity, with the two Soviet orchestras under a pair of fine conductors giving sparkling support … A recommendation is well earned here.’

‘The solo pieces are also attractive. Janis is a very expert player, and covers a variety of moods with success … the little Valse oubliée is charming, as is the deeply romantic Petrarch Sonnet. The Falla “Miller’s Dance”

is no less colourful, while the Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 … has great panache, not least in the hair-raising octave passages.’ Gramophone, September 1991

Newton Classics 8802058

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