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LISZT: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Transcription) (Liszt Complete Piano Music,
Vol. 21). Naxos 8.557366

Artist(s): Konstantin Scherbakov

Franz Liszt was one of Beethoven's gre­ate­st champions and admirers, and
his acclaimed transcriptions of the master's nine symphonies stand as testament
to the greatness of both men. Through many revisions, Liszt's intrinsic
attention to detail and intimate understanding of Beethoven's com­pos­itions
resulted in these transcriptions, which are considered some of Liszt's greatest
musical achievements. The transcription recorded here is perhaps
Beethoven's most well-known work, his Symphony No. 9. The performance is by
none other than the legendary Konstantin Scherbakov, who has been hailed as the
modern Rachmaninov since he won the first Rachmaninov competition in Moscow
in 1983.

User Review

“I had not expected to like this recording as much as I had the
earlier CDs of Konstantin Scherbakov playing Liszt's piano transcriptions of
the Beethoven symphonies, and indeed the first time I listened to it I found
myself really missing the soloists and chorus in the last movement. But the
second time through I found that I could set that aside and listen to it as a
PIANO performance, not as a substitute for the 'real thing.' And my
goodness, this is spectacular playing on Scherbakov's part! And that is
particularly so in that last movement because of all the musical events that
come racing pell-mell after each other, often on top of each other. The adagio,
a hard thing to bring off on a non-sustaining instrument like the piano, is

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