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Louis Lortie - Liszt. The Complete Annees de pelerinage (2011) Flac 24/96

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Louis Lortie - Liszt. The Complete Annees de pelerinage (2011) Flac 24/96

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French-Canadian powerhouse Louis Lortie performs Liszt's Années de pèlerinage in this tour de force of challenging music by a notoriously challenging composer. The Première Année is announced with majestic chords and trills, and one can sense that Lortie uses the whole piano and his whole body energy in the music. Representing a journey to Switzerland, this piece features a fuller, heavier sound on the piano that is especially evident in the eighth movement. The second movement swirls in the lower register, complemented by delicate upper passages. The fifth movement is particularly fantastic: Lortie creates fantastic drama between the upper and lower registers, absolutely giving the music his all. The piece ends quietly yet grandly, with a beautiful cantabile feel as the composer requested. This piece is not the most exciting of Liszt's Années de pèlerinage, for the music tends to sound alike and run together after a while; Lortie tries to make the most of it, however, but the composition has its limitations. The Deuxième Année is a far superior work, drawing on Italian themes and authors and making use of more sophisticated and complex lines. This makes for more drama in the music, which one hears in the dark beginning of the conclusion (which is inspired by Dante), after which the music travels through many moods with a repeating motif. Here are some of Liszt's hallmarks, such as his passion and yearning. The Troisième Année is the most engaging work of the CD. In Lortie's interpretation, the first movement, a prayer, pleads so delicately. Yet the pianist can also play very brightly even in darkness, as in the third movement, or with lively sparkling as in the fourth movement, where he creates beautiful swells in the music. The final piece of the album, a supplement to the Deuxième Année called Venezia e Napoli is very brief, but it is still a showcase for Lortie's gifts. He tackles the runs in the first movement with incredible agility and perfection, with not a single flaw. One can only wonder how anyone could play the final movement, with its complex, challenging, and difficult tempi. The answer is simple: if an artist is as brilliant as Lortie, he/she can handle the most difficult of repertoire.

Tracklist
01. Louis Lortie - Annees de pelerinage, 1st year, Switzerland, S160/R10: No.1 La chapelle de Guillaume Tell - Allegro vivace (06:22)
02. Louis Lortie - No.2 Au lac de Wallenstadt - Andante placido (03:08)
03. Louis Lortie - No.3 Pastorale - Vivace (01:36)
04. Louis Lortie - No.4 Au bord dune source - Allegretto grazioso (03:45)
05. Louis Lortie - No.5 Orage - Allegro molto Presto furioso (04:14)
06. Louis Lortie - No.6 Vallee d'Obermann - Lento assai (12:10)
07. Louis Lortie - No.7 Eglogue - De lexpression romantique (04:25)
08. Louis Lortie - No.8 Le mal du pays - Lento Andantino (04:57)
09. Louis Lortie - No.9 Les cloches de Genève Nocturne - Quasi allegretto (05:58)
10. Louis Lortie - Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy, S161/R10b: No.1 Sposalizio - Andante (06:55)
11. Louis Lortie - No.2 Il Penseroso - Lento (04:19)
12. Louis Lortie - No.3 Salvator Rosa - Andante marziale (02:55)
13. Louis Lortie - No.4 Sonetto 47 del Petrarca - Preludio con moto (05:38)
14. Louis Lortie - No.5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca - Agitato assai Adagio (06:40)
15. Louis Lortie - No.6 Sonetto 123 del Petrarca - Lento placido (07:00)
16. Louis Lortie - No.7 Apres une lecture du Dante - Andante maestoso (17:21)
17. Louis Lortie - Annees de pelerinage, 3rd year, S163/R10 : No.1 Angelus! Priere aux anges gardiens - Andante pietoso (07:50)
18. Louis Lortie - No.2 Aux cypres de la Villa d'Este I - Andante Tranquillo (05:41)
19. Louis Lortie - No.2 Aux cypres de la Villa d'Este II - Andante non troppo lento (09:53)
20. Louis Lortie - No.4 Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este - Allegretto Un poco (07:27)
21. Louis Lortie - No.5 Sunt lacrymae rerum - Lento assai (06:16)
22. Louis Lortie - No.6 March funebre - Andante maestoso (05:44)
23. Louis Lortie - No.7 Sursum corda - Andante maestoso non troppo (03:27)
24. Louis Lortie - Annees de pelerinage, 2nd year, Italy supplement, S162/R10: Venezia e Napoli : No.1.Gondoliera - Quasi allegretto (05:05)
25. Louis Lortie - No.2 Canzone - Lento doloroso (03:23)
26. Louis Lortie - No.3 Tarantella - Prestissimo (08:50)

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