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Solo Piano - Released March 24, 2014 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released December 27, 2005 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released December 27, 2005 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released October 9, 2007 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released December 21, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released August 17, 2005 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released December 21, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 11, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released November 14, 2006 | harmonia mundi

Liszt's one-movement Après une lecture du Dante (aka, the "Dante" Sonata) is one of the Hungarian composer's "you'll have to take his word for it" programmatic works. While his Liebestraume certainly sounds like a "dream of love" and his La Campanella surely sounds like a belfry full of bells, there's not much except the usual host of romantic storms and stresses to make the "Dante" Sonata sound like a work based on the author of the Divine Comedy. That's all right. Liszt's "Dante" Sonata, along with all the other works on this all-Liszt program, sounds staggeringly impressive in the hands of super virtuoso Jon Nakamatsu. There is nothing in Liszt's excruciatingly difficult piano writing that Nakamatsu cannot play with panache and aplomb. Neither in the giddiest heights of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 nor the dizziest depths of the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 does Nakamatsu put so much as a finger wrong. Better than that, Nakamatsu's performances are consummately musical. He does not succomb to terminal sentimentality in the Valse Impromptu nor to fatal sensuality in the three Petrarch Sonnets and his performances of the pair of transcriptions of Schumann songs are as poetic as the originals. And if the "Dante" Sonata still sounds like it doesn't have much to do with either the fourteenth century writer or the eighteenth century musical form, it still sounds unbearably effective and overwhelmingly evocative when played by Nakamatsu. Harmonia Mundi's sound is a bit recessed, as if the microphone was placed a tad too far back in an empty hall, but still very vivid and intensely immediate.
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Classical - Released November 7, 2005 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released December 27, 2005 | harmonia mundi