FRANZ LISZT – Sonata in B minor – Pianist Ariel Lanyi

May 16, 2015

Ariel Lanyi

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Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, written in 1853 and published in 1854, is widely considered to be one of Liszt’s supreme works. A work in one movement containing three large sections, it was structurally unique at its time. Most of the thematic material of the piece appears in the opening bars and transforms as the piece unfolds. I hear in Liszt’s Sonata in B minor a colorful variety of writing: numerous pianistic passages intertwined with lyrical operatic sections and orchestra-like writing throughout the sonata. Performing the sonata is a “tour de force” because of its scope, its great musical content, and its technical challenges.
One-take studio recording performed at the Eden-Tamir Music Center, in Jerusalem, Israel.