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Alim Beisembayev|Liszt: 12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139

Liszt: 12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139

Alim Beisembayev

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The commonly used English title Transcendental Etudes fails to capture the flavor of the original French title, Études d'exécution transcendante ("Etudes of transcendental execution"). These are, despite all the fireworks, true etudes, concerned with specific technical issues, and they were dedicated to the master of the piano study, Carl Czerny. Young pianist Alim Beisembayev shows nerve in going up against the existing performances of these works, particularly the one by Igor Levit that appeared not long before, but Beisembayev offers confident readings that differ from those of the tempestuous Levit and stand up to others on the market. His strength is that his execution is indeed transcendental, with clean renditions of the finger-crunching pieces (sample Mazeppa, No. 4) that are relaxed enough for the pianist to suggest longer lines. There is a kind of warmth in his playing that flowers in full in the final D flat major piece from the Six Consolations, one of two short pieces that ring down the curtain from a compelling set of etudes. This release serves notice that Beisembayev, the winner of the 2021 Leeds Piano Competition and possessor of a following in both East (he is Kazakh) and West, is a talent to watch in the Russian-school virtuoso arena.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 1, Preludio (Presto)
00:00:55

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 2, Fusées (Molto vivace)
00:02:17

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 3, Paysage (Poco adagio)
00:05:13

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 4, Mazeppa (Presto)
00:07:58

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 5, Feux follets (Allegretto)
00:03:51

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 6, Vision (Lento)
00:05:56

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 7, Eroica (Allegro)
00:05:17

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 8, Wilde Jagd (Presto furioso)
00:05:18

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 9, Ricordanza (Andantino)
00:11:22

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 10, Appassionata (Allegro agitato molto)
00:04:42

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 11, Harmonies du soir (Andantino)
00:09:35

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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12 Études d'exécution transcendante, S. 139: No. 12, Chasse-neige (Andante con moto)
00:05:17

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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3 Études de concert, S.144: No. 2 in F Minor, "La leggierezza"
00:05:23

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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6 Consolations, S. 172: No. 3 in D-Flat Major
00:04:21

Franz Liszt, Composer - Alim Beisembayev, Piano, MainArtist

© 2022 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Limited

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The commonly used English title Transcendental Etudes fails to capture the flavor of the original French title, Études d'exécution transcendante ("Etudes of transcendental execution"). These are, despite all the fireworks, true etudes, concerned with specific technical issues, and they were dedicated to the master of the piano study, Carl Czerny. Young pianist Alim Beisembayev shows nerve in going up against the existing performances of these works, particularly the one by Igor Levit that appeared not long before, but Beisembayev offers confident readings that differ from those of the tempestuous Levit and stand up to others on the market. His strength is that his execution is indeed transcendental, with clean renditions of the finger-crunching pieces (sample Mazeppa, No. 4) that are relaxed enough for the pianist to suggest longer lines. There is a kind of warmth in his playing that flowers in full in the final D flat major piece from the Six Consolations, one of two short pieces that ring down the curtain from a compelling set of etudes. This release serves notice that Beisembayev, the winner of the 2021 Leeds Piano Competition and possessor of a following in both East (he is Kazakh) and West, is a talent to watch in the Russian-school virtuoso arena.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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