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Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frederic Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)

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Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frederic Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)

Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frédéric Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)
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Classical | Label: Angel/EMI Classics | # 7243 5 56780 2 7

For while it would be idle to pretend that this 70-year-old virtuoso, struck down at the height of his career with psoriatic arthritis, still commands the velocity and reflex of his earlier years, his later Chopin and Liszt are a tribute to a devotion and commitment gloriously enriched by experience. The First Impromptu is piquantly voiced and phrased while the C sharp minor Etude, Op. 25 No. 7, could hardly be more hauntingly confided, more ‘blue’ or inturned. How you miss the repeat in the C sharp minor Mazurka, Op. 50 No. 3 (not Op. 15, as the jewel-case claims), given such cloudy introspection and if there are moments when you recall how Rubinstein – forever Chopin’s most aristocratic spokesman – can convey a world of feeling in a scarcely perceptible gesture, Janis’s brooding intensity represents a wholly personal, only occasionally overbearing, alternative; an entirely different point of view. Time and again he tells us that there are higher goods than surface polish or slickness and in the valedictory F minor Mazurka, Op. 68 No. 4 he conveys a dark night of the soul indeed, an emotion almost too desolating for public utterance… Janis is no less remarkable in Liszt, whether in the brief but intriguing Sans mesure (a first performance and recording), in a Sonetto 104 del Petrarca as tear-laden as any on record and in a final Liebestod of an exhausting ardour and focus. Chopin’s E flat Waltz is played with interesting variants in the Yale edition and, overall, this record confirms a daunting legend. Janis remains in every sense a ‘true romantic’; beneath a now-frail exterior burns an inner light of an overwhelming and transcending strength.

Review by Bryce Morrison, The Gramophone

So much attention has been paid to Byron Janis's battle with arthritis - in which he has lately gained the edge - that one is apt to forget what a great musician he is. Fortunately, he has a new recording out, True Romantic, to serve as a reminder. This is profoundly considered and surpassingly executed playing. Janis has an uncanny knack for being true both to himself and to the music, which is played not only as it was meant to be, but also in the way only he could play it. The Impromptu in A flat, for instance, which starts the disc, displays such a spirit of spontaneity that it sounds - well, like an impromptu, made up on the spot. Or take the Waltz in C-sharp minor. Janis brings to it a genuinely Viennese lilt by doing what Meyerbeer criticized Chopin for doing - playing two beats as if they were one (Janis, an avid reader of Chopin's correspondence, surely knows all about this). Finally, there is his playing of Liszt's transcription of Wagner's Liebestod. Deft use of agogic accentuation enables Janis to render each voice utterly distinct, but in such a way as to contribute to the unity of the whole. The result is a truly orchestral effect. This is a record of piano playing for the ages.

Review by Francis R. Wilson, Amazon.com

Byron Janis - True Romantic: Frederic Chopin & Franz Liszt (1999)



Tracklist:

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
01. Impromptu in A flat, Op.29 (4:33)
02. Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.25, No.7 (6:16)
03. Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op.15, No.3 (5:17)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
04. Sonetto del Petarca, No.104 (6:45)

Frédéric Chopin
05. Nocturne in G major, Op.37, No.2 (6:21)
06. Waltz Brilliante in E flat, Op.18 (Yale Version) (4:03)

Franz Liszt
07. Sans Mesure (2:37)

Frédéric Chopin
08. Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op.64, No.2 (3:58)

Franz Liszt
09. Consolation No.5 (3:22)

Frédéric Chopin
10. Mazurka in F minor, Op.68, No.4 (3:52)

Franz Liszt
11. Isolde's "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan", S 447 (9:24)


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