Grandes études de Paganini · Transcendental Etudes after Paganini · Variations sur Le Carnaval de Venise de Paganini

1CD · C5276 PC: 21 845221052762

What a man, what a violin, what an artist! […] And his expression, his manner of phrasing, and finally his soul!’ Franz Liszt, 1831 (about Paganini)
The transcriptions and arrangements of Paganini’s études represent a special case and, besides a bow before the great colleague, demonstrate demands on extreme technical skills. In his études, the pianist Liszt is quite evidently endeavouring to place alongside the Devil’s violinist Niccolò Paganini a Devil’s Pianist, which he completely succeeds in doing. In general, recourse is taken to the second version (1851)  today, as it seems to be in keeping with Liszt’s definitive desire. However, all the more interesting on this CD is a direct comparison with the earlier version (1838), which exhibits an even more dense notation and difficulties transcending technical borders.

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