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Franz Liszt - Bénédiction de Dieu



Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman is one of the most versatile and constantly interesting musicians of our time. His vast repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to 20th-century composers. A regular guest soloist with leading symphony orchestras in the United States and abroad, he appears in the most prestigious concert series and music festivals all over the world.

Franz Liszt - Bénédiction de Dieu


'The Russian pianist Vladimir Feltsman is justified in having chosen this work as the emblem of his entire recital because the pianistic texture of its substantial opening section must surely be one of the most gorgeous piano sonorities in the entire literature.

Notwithstanding its lyrical, ecstatic nature, ''Benediction'' is very demanding pianistically, and Feltsman meets its challenges with superb accomplishment. Feltsman plays the other well-known pieces - the A flat ''Liebestraum'', the Six Consolations and the great B minor Ballade - with equal beauty and great power. What also impresses me, though, is his inclusion of four late, superficially 'simple' short pieces (the last four tracks) that reveal a completely different side of Liszt's musical personality

The recorded sound admirably conveys the dynamic range of Feltsman's playing, whether dramatic or intimate. There is a plethora of recordings of many of the included pieces, but if you want to get to know a really individual and interesting pianist, acquiring this release is the way to do it. Hearing it might well encourage you to hear and acquire some of Feltsman's other recordings for Nimbus.

This disc is highly recommended.' Stephen Pruslin, Internationa Recor Review Magazine, May 2013